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Vol.LXXXVIH   N°9	
Is Vancouver's low-income housing
enough for the homeless? Pages 8-9
Coked-up wheelchair sex in bathrooms since 1918
Tuesday, 3 October, 2006
Collective bookstore reopens after a dev-   UBC may renew campus' liquid sugar contract.
astating fire. Page 11
Page 14
UBC renegotiating with Coke
Coca-Cola could have an eight to ten
year exclusivity extension on campus
by Eric Szeto
The first Canadian university to
sign an exclusivity contract with
Coca-Cola could be on the verge of
resigning with the soft-drink giant
for another decade, sources say.
The deal is still lacking precise
numbers, but an unnamed source
told the Ubysseythat UBC and Coca-
Cola are negotiating a deal that
would see an eight to ten year exclusivity extension on campus. It is
also estimated that UBC will receive
$5 to $7 million from the resigning.
A big point of contention for the
previous contract was that UBC
had to go into the final two years
of the exclusivity deal without
receiving any additional revenue
because it did not meet its drink
quota of 33,600,000 Coke products. No numbers have been
released as to the quota that UBC
will be required to fulfill under the
new contract.
Brian Sullivan, VP students,
would not comment on the numbers but said that any dealings with
Coke are still in the planning stage.
The potential resigning raises
serious concerns about UBC's
commitment to Global Citizenship
and Trek 2010, especially since
Coca-Cola has been under intense
investigation for its alleged
human-rights abuses in Colombia
and hazardous environmental
practices and water rights violations in India.
Sullivan refuted these  claims
by stating that "just because there
have been a set of allegations
made...does not mean that somebody is not a global citizen."
The allegations, he admitted,
are well known, but no one has
found Coke culpable in terms of
civil action.
"I think as an administration,"
he said, "we are aware that there is
some controversy with the fact
that some people alleged they're
not acting like an exemplary corporate citizen."
"An allegation is not a finding
of fact."
Richard Girard of the Polaris
Institute, an Ottawa based think-
tank that has profiled Coca-Cola,
believes signing a deal would be
detrimental to UBC's reputation.
"The perception of UBC signing
with Coke is very negative," said
Girard. "They're signing a contract
with a company that displayed very
irresponsible behavior in the past."
Thirty-two universities across
North America have either banned
or suspended selling Coke products on campus because of these
allegations. There are many in the
process of doing the same, said
Ray Rogers, of Killercoke, an
organisation committed to exposing alleged labour abuses in South
America by Coca-Cola bottling
In Canada, Rogers said, the
University of Alberta and
University of Western Ontario are
campaigning to ban Coke from
their campus.  The University of
COKE: Time's up for UBC's beverage contract. OKER CHEN PHOTO
Guelph, McMaster University and
York's Student Union have voted
to sever or not renew their
Sullivan said he was aware that
many student unions have formed
a consortium and are expressing
reservations with Coke. He said.
however, that UBC needs to
exhaust every revenue generating
The Alma Mater Society (AMS)
has given every indication that
they will be  motioning  against
See "Coke"page 2.
Police on the hunt for campus peeper
by Eric Szeto
The saga of the campus peeper
who was caught videotaping
women while they used the bathroom took a strange twist when he
didn't show up for his sentence
hearing last Tuesday.
Dominic Chan, a UBC graduate
student who had a knack for videotaping women through the bathroom stalls of the Henry Angus
building (Angus), had a distinct
pattern. He would sit and wait
patiently in the bathroom until
someone came in. As soon as a
person entered, he would move
into the stall next to them, sticking
his camera covertly under the side
of the stall so he could capture
everything his victims did. After,
BEWARE: Bathroom stalls not as safe as you think. OKER CHEN PHOTO
three women before being caught
by another UBC student.
While studying at Angus in the
fall of 2004, Tanya Leung had this
ominous feeling that somebody
was watching her. As she made
her way down the hall towards the
bathroom she became certain that
it was happening.
"I was walking across the hallway towards the girl's bathroom
there was someone that came out
of another classroom," she
recalled. "I turned around and the
guy went back in. It was kind of
weird but I didn't think much of it."
Upon entering her stall, she
heard someone approach the one
next to hers. "I'm sitting there and
I see a shadow of someone's head
he  would  follow them to  their
classes so he could get footage of
their faces.
He had managed
to prey on      See "Peeper"page 2.
Sex toys for
spinal cord
Sex lives will be
improved, say UBC
by Brandon Adams
UBC researchers are developing
assistive devices to help improve
the sex lives of those with spinal
cord injuries.
Researchers from International
Collaboration on Repair Discoveries
(ICORD), a UBC-based group of
spinal cord injury researchers, and
the British Columbia Institute of
Technology (BCIT) have collaborated
to develop specialised vibrators for
both men and women afflicted with
spinal cord injuries.
"Sexual health is just
as important an issue
for people with
spinal cord injuries
as it is with anyone
-Stephanie Cadieux
BC Paraplegics Assocation
A study published by Kim
Anderson of the University of
California-Irvine based Reeve-Irvine
Center shows the importance of sexuality to individuals with spinal cord
injuries. In this survey, paraplegics
ranked regaining sexual function as
their top priority while quadriplegics ranked it second only to regaining arm and hand function
"Sexual health is just as important an issue for people with spinal
cord injuries as it is with anyone
else. The fact that there maybe complications that need to be addressed
makes it all the more important,"
said Stephanie Cadieux of the BC
Paraplegics Association.
Stacy Elliott, director of the BC
Centre for Sexual Medicine and a
clinical professor in the Department
of Psychiatry at UBC, explained that
most individuals who have had a
spinal cord injury retain some sensation below the injured area of the
spinal cord.
The specialised vibrators the
ICORD-BCIT team is developing are
more powerful then off-the-shelf
devices and will allow those with
spinal injuries to experience more
normal sexual function. "We are hop-
See "Sex toys" page 2.
Tuesday, 3 October, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
AMS likely to motion against
exclusivity agreement: VP external
"Coke"continued from page 7.
adopting an exclusivity agreement
during their council meeting next
week. The Graduate Students
Society has already passed a similar motion.
"We've had every indication
that we're opposed to this exclusivity arrangement," said Ian
Pattillo, AMS VP external.
In lieu of this motion by the
AMS, Sullivan has hinted that
there is a potential for zoning of
exclusivity on campus. If AMS
were to motion against exclusivity
arrangements, for example, the
Student Union Building could be
exclusivity free.
The more zones there are like this,
the value decreases, said Sullivan.
A final proposal will be taken to
the December Board of Governors
meeting. @
Flushing out convicted washroom peeper
"Peeper"continued from page 1.
in front of my stall," said Leung,
who is no longer at UBC. "There
are a lot of stalls in there so no
one has to wait for my stall. I started getting scared, going as fast as
I could then I see someone from
the crack [of the stall] run out."
"I just flushed the toilet and
ran outside," she said.
"I looked both ways and I didn't
see anyone but that classroom that
I said someone came out of, I saw
a camera lens pressed against the
window [of the door]."
Leung then snatched the camera out of Chan's hands. There
was a moment of resistance,
Leung said, but as soon as she
threatened to call the police he
capitulated and handed over
his camera.
"This guy was shaking so much,
looking so scared," she said.
Leung saw first hand what
Chan had been doing that night,
not only to her, but to two other
girls who had no idea they were
being taped. The authorities were
later notified.
Chan immediately withdrew from
UBC and a lengthy court trial ensued.
The RCMP, who have issued a
warrant for his arrest, said that
they will not be taking any measures to heighten security as
they don't see him as a viable
"If we hear, or people contact
us [that] this guy is around campus we'll flood the campus to flush
him out," said RCMP Sergeant Dan
Wendland. "But there's nothing
we can do in the interm."
For every peeping torn,
Wendland said, there are many
thousands of students that never
get caught.
"There are a lot of things that
go on in campus that you never
hear about and we never hear
about," he said. "The campus is so
big you can't be on every corner
for everything." @
People with spinal cord injuries could have
more normal sexual function
"Sex toys"continued from page 7.
ing that there's reflex arousal
stimulated by the vibrator," said
Elliott, "We're trying to excite
[pelvic reflexes] at the spinal
"This is a collaborative effort
between BCIT and ICORD," said
Elliott, who is leading the clinical trials of the vibrators,
"They're the technological
experts and we're the clinical
experts. It's an excellent mar
riage between BCIT and ICORD."
While the research is
expected to be completed in six
to eight months, Elliott said
that the most difficult stage
may be making the product
commercially available. But
with over 36,000 Canadians
with spinal cord injuries and
an additional 1,100 new
injuries every year, these innovative devices cannot arrive
soon enough. @
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Press Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 3 October, 2006
Jack Layton: Behind the moustache
NDP leader talks to the
Ubyssey about education,
beer and facial hair
by Carolynne Burkholder
Hundreds of students came out to hear New
Democratic Party (NDP) leader Jack Layton
speak at UBC on Friday. Layton is touring
campuses to promote his platform on education and his commitment to young
Canadians, he told the Ubyssey in an interview.
One of the focuses of the NDP platform
on education is reducing student debt,
something Layton said is critical for the
Canadian economy. "There would be money
for grants to make education more affordable for students," he said. "We're going to
help the ones who need it so they don't have
to borrow more and more."
Layton has spent over 30 years on university campuses. He did his undergraduate
in political science at McGill. Although he
was "much more involved in sports than
politics," Layton did run for student council
But unlike many of the students he spoke
to at UBC, Layton didn't graduate with student loans.
"I had a part-time job and a summer job,
and was able to cover my fees—at that time
fees were very, very low. I had a little bit of
help from my folks in the first year or so,"
he said.
After completing his PhD at York, Layton
taught at Ryerson University and the
University of Toronto. "I watched my students over the years losing the opportunity
to be engaged in campus life because they
were so stressed out and having to work so
much," said Layton. "That hurts their educational experience and...their grades aren't
as good when they have to keep up with a
part-time job."
Since Layton was elected leader of the NDP
in 2003, the number of affiliated campus
clubs has increased from six to 60. "We've
been putting a lot of value on young talent and
engagement in our party," said Layton.
Last time he visited UBC, Layton held a
pub night with students. During the last elec-
ATTENTION: Jack Layton answers student questions at UBC last Friday. LAURENCE BUTET-ROCH PHOTO
tion he was voted as the party leader most
Canadians would like to have a beer with.
"I like sitting down with people and having...an animated, enthusiastic discussion
about issues. Whether it's a coffee or a beer,
I'm happy just to be engaged," he said. "I
look forward to having a beer with as many
Canadians as possible...while taking a
responsible approach to consumption in
Although Layton didn't have time to sit
down at a pub with students this time—he flew
back to Ottawa to attend the same-sex marriage
of the NDP general secretary on Saturday—the
organisers felt the event was a success.
Jarrah Hodge, vice-president of the UBC
NDP and one of the organisers of the event
said although they weren't given much time
to organise the talk, they were pleased with
the number of students who attended.
"I'm really happy with it. I think it's one
of the best events we've put on," said Hodge.
-Jack Layton
NDP Leader
Law student Kirk Tousaw enjoyed the
event. "I thought it was an inspiring speech.
I thought he touched on a lot of issues that
are really important to students," he said.
One issue that Layton didn't speak to students about was his moustache, which he
has had since 1979. He has no idea why he
grew it. "I was probably off on some excursion in the wilderness and when I came
back and shaved, I just left it there," Layton
Layton has shaved off his moustache
once in the past 27 years, after his first wife
Sally Halford and his daughter Sarah talked
him into it.
"Then they instantly decided that they
didn't like it, so I grew it back," he said.
And Layton has no plans to shave it off in
the future.
"I care remarkably little about the issue.
Olivia [Chow, his second wife and NDP MP for
Trinity-Spadina in downtown Toronto] doesn't
seem to think it needs to be shaved off and she's
the one who has to deal with it," he said. @
Iranians increasingly being denied study
Report shows 50 per cent decline in approval rate since 2004
by Jesse Ferreras
The denial of student visas to prospective
students from Iran by the Canadian
Consulate in Tehran has caught the attention of university presidents across the
In a letter dated September 13, 2006,
UBC President Stephen Toope wrote to
Citizenship and Immigration Minister
Monte Solberg that UBC is "concerned"
about "an apparent increase in visa refusals
for UBC's current and prospective students
from Iran." The letter stated that the central
reason that is being given to prospective
students is that they have "limited ties to
Hamid Azizi, a PhD candidate in the
department of material engineering, has
been circulating a petition nationwide that
was sent to Toope prior to his letter to
Solberg. He said that his wife has been twice
denied entry by the Canadian Embassy .
"It's a golden cage," he said. "[The] first
time I applied, I went to International
House. They told me this is your problem
because you didn't bring all this required
information to them...I agreed with them,
this is my problem. [My wife's] accounts-
money—I prepared all of them."
According to Azizi he proceeded to prepare all the necessary documents and when
he applied for a two month visitor visa, "[the
Canadian Embassy] said that [they] are not
satisfied that she will be back after two
months, and they rejected her," said Azizi.
The application for a study permit issued
by Citizenship and Immigration Canada
(CIC) asks the applicant to specify where
they will be studying, their program, as well
as the cost of studies. In addition, the applicant must specify whether they have ever
committed a criminal offence, been refused
admission or ordered to leave Canada,
applied for any Canadian Immigration
visas, been refused a visa before, and
whether the applicant has ever committed a
war crime or crime against humanity.
Azizi and a friend Hamed Mohsenian, a
PhD candidate in the department of computer and electrical engineering, confirmed
that they had filled out the application as
found on the CIC website. Mohsenian said
that his wife was denied a student visa when
she applied in June, and was given the same
reason as Azizi for her rejection.
"It's not a specific reason," he said. "Who
can satisfy them? This is something personal. [They] can just sit and say, 'I'm not satis
fied.' [They] can't provide any evidence."
Azizi, meanwhile, has been organising
his petition in conjunction with students at
various institutions across Canada, including the Universities of Toronto, Waterloo
and Ontario. Azizi cited a list of approximately 30 students whose spouses have
been denied student visas for what he
claims were "limited ties." He explained
that the petition has gathered 550 signatures nationwide, 213 of them from graduate students at UBC.
"The number is not important," he
added. "But if I need to go further on this, I
will do that."
A report by the CIC office in Ottawa on
study visa applications from Iran shows a
decline of 50 per cent in the approval rate
for applications since 2004. Only 153 permits have thus far been issued in 2006 out
of a total 872 received applications; in
2003, 83 5 were issued out of a total of
1,113. Between 2004 and 2005, the year
that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected as
President of Iran, the number of refused
applications more than doubled from 383
in 2004 to over 900 in 2005. In the same
year, the number of applications received
increased by over 70 per cent.
Melanie Carkner, a CIC media relations
representative, explained that there are
numerous reasons why applicants are
denied visas.
"The safety and health of Canadians is
number one," she said. "They may not have
sufficient ties to their country, such as jobs,
family, home."
According to Carkner, the Visa Office
reviews applications to determine whether
it has been filled out correctly and contains
all necessary documents. After this review,
an officer decides whether it is necessary to
conduct an interview. An application may
be refused for the following reasons: lack of
proof of financial sufficiency, failure of the
medical examination, lack of satisfaction by
the Visa officer that the applicant's primary
intention is to study in Canada, and a lack of
satisfaction by the Visa officer that the applicant will leave Canada at the end of the
study period.
Carkner declined to explain further how
"limited ties to Iran" are determined.
"We're not prepared to discuss our security checks, or how our checks are done,"
she said. "That would compromise the
process of our system. At the end of the day,
the discretion is left in the hands of the Visa
officer...they make the final decision and we
stand by their decision." @ News
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UBC Food Bank now open
Hungry UBC students now have another
means of recourse
by Sunny Dhillon
After being closed for organisational restructuring this summer,
the UBC Food Bank will reopen
this week.
The Food Bank, located on the
lower level of the Student Union
Building and jointly run by the
Alma Mater Society, UBC Red Cross
Club, and the Ismaili Students
Association (ISA), provides students with a seven-day supply of
emergency food relief and, when
necessary, hygienic products. The
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but also [for] students that want to
help out and volunteer with this
noble cause," said Nathwani.
To enhance the experience of volunteers, while also boosting client
satisfaction, Nathwani recently oversaw the revamping of the Food
Bank's hierarchy.
"The Food Bank's organisational
structure is being changed to accommodate our volunteers and make
their experience more holistic and
fulfilling," she explained. "Instead of
just having volunteers help on-site
during open hours, we now have
specific committees that volunteers
can be a part of," she said. Client
relations is one example in which
volunteers "deal with improving the
experience for the client and getting
Student Financial Aid [or] Foods and
Nutrition Services to help out."
Alia Dharssi, who has volunteered at the Food Bank since
January 2006 and is currently the
Food Bank representative for the
ISA, first chose to volunteer
because it was a "good way to
become involved with helping the
UBC community." She hopes others
will follow suit, reminding prospective volunteers that they may
devote as much or as little time to
the Food Bank as their schedules
will allow.
Both Nathwani and Dharssi are
optimistic the new measures will
help double the number of Food
Bank volunteers by the end of the
year, further increasing the service's productivity.
While much has changed in
terms of the Food Bank's structuring, the high priority on student
confidentiality has not. As UBC student Ron Friedman points out, it is
often difficult for students to ask
the Food Bank for help.
"There is a stigmatism against
going to the Food Bank," said
Friedman. "It's not on par with
stealing, or panhandling, but it can
feel like it's down there."
Nathwani encourages students
who require assistance but are too
proud, embarrassed or fearful to
give the Food Bank's volunteers
and procedures a chance.
"The food bank is there to be
used and to be used only by students. Our procedure for client
interaction and distribution of food
is very discreet and highly confidential," she said. "All volunteers fill out
and sign a confidentiality agreement
before being allowed to deal with
clients. Our location is very convenient as it is close to the bus loop so
students can simply come after
class, use the food bank, and head
home directly." @ THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 3 October, 2006
Realities of a secure and just society
Last Friday at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, UBC President Stephen Toope joined a panel of experts including professor John Robinson of the Sustainable Development Research Institute and Leonie Sandercock, director of the School of
Community and Regional Planning discussed the role of universities in building sustainable, successful and just communities,
especially in Vancouver's urban setting. KELLAN HIGGINS PHOTO
Faculty fight for the right to keep working
University groups say the end of mandatory retirement policy is a matter of "not if, but when"
by Catherine Rolfsen
UBC is one of the only universities
in Canada that forces faculty to
leave their jobs at the age 65. And
the University is under mounting
pressure to reevaluate a policy that
some call discriminatory and out-
On July 1 of next year, Law professor Anthony Sheppard's 3 8-year
career at UBC will abruptly end.
He's among approximately 70 faculty members who will be forced to
leave their jobs because of a
mandatory retirement policy, and
he's not looking forward to it.
"On account of reaching 65, one
is suddenly and abruptly tossed out—
at least from their perspective—onto
a heap of useless and unproductive
individuals," Sheppard said.
Religious studies professor Paul
Burns faced the same prospect two
years ago when he turned 65. But
because he wanted to continue teaching, researching and receiving a pay
check, he accepted a Professor
Emeritus position. Now he's working
an overload at four courses, and said
he's making a third or less of the
salary he did in 2004.
BC, Saskatchewan and Nova
Scotia are the only provinces that
haven't made plans to abandon legislation that allows employers to fire
workers when they turn 65.
University of Northern BC, Royal
Rhodes University, Capilano College
and BCIT have all scrapped the policy without a change in provincial
law. Mandatory retirement was
eliminated in the US in 1987.
BC may soon follow suit, according to Robert Clift, executive director
of the Confederation of University
Faculty Associations of British
Columbia (CUFA/BC). As part of
CUFA/BC's campaign, "65 is an age,
not an expiry date." A Mustel Group
poll was released last week which
shows 70 per cent of British
Columbians disagree with employers dictating retirement age.
Clift hopes that these results will
pressure the provincial government   to   reevaluate   mandatory
retirement legislation.
"The real issue is not that it's
going to end, because it is going to
end," said Clift. "The question is, can
we get it to end soon enough to deal
with the 21,000 64-year-olds that
are currently in the BC workforce."
The premier has created a council on aging and seniors' issues,
which is due to release recommendations this November. The council's webpage acknowledges a need
to address the role of seniors in the
workforce. But Ida Chong, the minister responsible for seniors'
issues, said that the council has
raised some complex problems
that will have to be considered.
At UBC, change would have to
come before June 30 to prevent
another batch of layoffs. Brenda
Peterson, president of the UBC
Faculty Association, wants to make
sure it happens.
UBC has lost many current and
potential faculty members to universities that won't force them to
retire at 65, said Peterson.
"[Abolishing mandatory retirement] is not just in the interests of
our members, it's in the interests
of the University, and its long-term
success in attracting and retaining
its faculty."
But some are more cautious
about changing the policy. One concern is that incompetent professors
might keep teaching long after they
should have left.
Lauren Hunter, VP Academic of
the Graduate Students Society, said,
"if UBC was to do away with the policy, I would personally support it,
on the understanding that there
was some measure to ensure a high
quality of teaching."
Another common argument is
that the policy makes room for
graduate students looking for jobs.
"Should mandatory retirement be
done away with, UBC would need
to come up with a new strategy for
hiring incoming faculty, particularly to tenure track positions,"
said Hunter.
But even with incoming faculty,
UBC may not be able to afford the
loss   of  experienced  professors.
RETIRE: Professors will reluctantly retire at age 65. OKER CHEN PHOTO
According to Statistics Canada, a
strong BC economy faces serious
labour shortages as the baby boom
generation nears retirement and
population growth slows. UBC is no
exception. "We've got a massive
labour shortage. It's looming, and
it's real," said Peterson.
The Faculty Association is pushing UBC to change its policy before
provincial legislature makes a
move. "They haven't shown that
they are eager to proceed in our
discussions, but they have agreed
that we would continue negotiating
this subject," said Peterson.
UBC Provost Lome Whitehead
said that, "it is actually a rather
complex question and it's not clear
what the best way forward is. What
we do know is that we have agreed
to discuss this at length with the
UBC Faculty Association."
As Stephen Toope takes over
from long-standing President
Martha Piper, observers wonder if
the specialist in international
human rights law will instigate a
change in UBC retirement policy.
However, Toope could not be
reached for comment by press time.
Although change is most certainly in the air, it may come too
late for 64-year-old professors like
Sheppard. "I'm going to be on the
wrong side of the timelines on
this," Sheppard said. "I have the
feeling that I'm going to see the
New Jerusalem but not be allowed
to enter." @
Cuban counsel
general visits
49th and Oak
by Paul Bucci
Global socialists gathered at the
Unitarian Church to show their solidarity with the Latin American revolutions last Saturday.
What seemed to be a simple
forum on unity between Cuba,
Venezuela and Bolivia turned into a
truly international discussion on
social movements.
"Unity, unity, unity must be our
slogan," said Samira Amndan, official representative from the
Venezuelan Consulate.
An Iranian Women's Rights
activist who took to the microphone
during the discussion period got a
declaration of support for global
women's rights movements by
Amndan. Moments before, the
audience had cheered a man who
had proposed a North American
activist network that could be
roused within a 24-hour time period to combat imperialist advances.
Members of the audience also
included supporters of the Intifada
(Palestinian resistance), Canada out
of Afghanistan, and other action
groups. With the walls adorned with
rugged pictures of revolutionaries
and calls for justice, one felt surrounded by those who intensely
cared about something larger than
simple right/left politics.
"Diplomacy isn't what it was
before," said Amndan, "Now it
belongs to the people."
The UBC Social Justice Centre
played a large part in putting the
conference on, getting together
with related organisations, such
as the Social Justice Centre at
Capilano College. Most at the conference were aligned in thought
with Amndan who, "[dreamed] of
a better world with no oppressors
or oppressed."
Besides Amndan, there were
three other featured speakers
including Gloria LaRiva, coordinator of the National Committee
to Free the Five in the US, who
held a special workshop on freeing the five Cuban political prisoners held by the US on allegedly
false premises. Cladio Vidal, professor of sociology at Kwantlen
University College, also spoke, as
well as Laureano Cardoso, Cuban
Consul General.
Cardoso began his speech by
quickly recounting the events of the
Cuban Revolution, and dispelling
various myths perpetuated by the
mainstream media. He mentioned
achievements in certain social programs, such as having a lower
infant mortality rate than the US.
He praised the education system as
well as the health care system, and
reminded the audience that Cuba
takes part in a global exchange of
much needed professionals to
developing countries.
During the discussion period
with Cardoso, topics ranging from
the structure of government in
Cuba to the women's rights movement in Canada were brought up.
The words of the revolutionary
Bolivar repeated by Amndan earlier
came to mind:
"I [Bolivar] awake every 100
years, when the people awake."
The conference ended with a
rallying chant of "Oh, ah, Chavez
no se va!" (Chavez isn't going),
symbolising the continuing struggle of socialism in Latin America,
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by Joanne Palin
When '30s movie starlet Mae West
said that sex is emotion in motion,
she could easily have been describing Sook-Yin Lee's controversial
new film Shortbus, about a group of
New Yorkers whose quest for emotional connection in post-9/11 New
York yields some of the most vigorous, acrobatic unsimulated sex
ever seen in a mainstream theatre.
Currently screening at the
Vancouver International Film
Festival, Shortbus stars Sook-Yin
Lee, a former MuchMusic VJ and
currently host of CBC Radio's
Definitely Not the Opera (DNTO)
as Sofia, a sex therapist who
knows everything about relationships but has never had an
orgasm. She is introduced to a
weekly underground salon called
Shortbus, where absolutely anything goes and where people on
the fringes of society go to seek a
connection. Among a series of
eccentric characters, she encounters a dominatrix who finds it easier to have an orgasm than a relationship.
The film made news before it
was even finished when CBC bosses
learned that she would be having
unsimulated sex on-screen.
"When people hear about explicit sex, they make many incorrect
assumptions about what that is,"
Lee explained. "They haven't had
examples of what it can be. It does
not have to be pornographic or
exploitative. It can just be a storytelling style. But, in our society,
where there is so much fear and
repression around sexuality, we
haven't yet identified a genre for
sex on film that is full of humanity
and devoid of objectification."
Despite the controversy, Lee said
that a number of CBC bosses supported the film.
"They understood what we were
doing, and many of them told me
that they wanted this kind of film in
their world."
However, no one wanted to take
a stand on her behalf. Vancouver
author Douglas Coupland told her
she needed to "re-educate" the CBC
executives, many of whom were far
removed from the artistic scene.
Therefore, she and director John
Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the
Angry Inch) enlisted the support of
luminaries in the artistic community, including Yoko Ono and
Michael Stipe.
"Suddenly I was down in Mexico,
checking my email," she said. "And
whoa, Francis Ford Coppola just
emailed me."
Armed with artistic support, CBC
bosses changed their minds and
she remains the host of DNTO.
How does she feel about the film
opening in her hometown? She
says her sisters will see it with her.
And her friends? She covers her
mouth shyly and laughs. "I haven't
really thought about that yet..."
It's not surprising, as Sook-Yin
Lee has a lot on her mind these
days. She has some script ideas that
she is working on, and an album in
the works. She is currently raising
funds for her new film Year of the
Carnivore in which a young woman
with self-esteem and body issues
must go out and learn the craft of
sex and intimacy.
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Vancouver    International    Film
Opens September 28
by Danielle Nanton
What do you get when you put
writer/director Michael Moore
(Bowling for Columbine) and political scientist/author Peter L Bergen
[Holy War Inc) together into a single film? The likely result would be
Samira Goetschel's Our Own
Private Bin Laden.
One of the film's sections features interviews with a number of
prominent politicos, such as a former US National Security Advisor
and Director of the CIA. These inter
views are interspersed with musical
interludes and poignant quotes
from Chinese, French and English
political philosophers. Mixed with a
hefty dose of historical video
footage, Goetschel forms a satisfying final product revolving around
the creation of Osama Bin Laden
through the interplay of politics, history, media and global economics.
Goetschel does not shy away
from her personal motives behind
the creation of this project. At the
outset of the film, she tells the audience that her father was killed by
"Muslim extreme fundamentalists." While this may diminish viewers' hope for creative objectivity,
the film presents a surprisingly balanced account of the events leading
up to September 11.
"The medium is the message"
can be applied effectively to this
film. Goetschel presents how certain
media, such as history books, propaganda films and verbal recordings
surrounding Afghanistan and
Osama Bin Laden continue to influence people in particular ways over
time. She employs this analysis by
implicitly questioning documentary and the use of this medium as
a way of retrieving historical truth.
It is likely that her multi-layered
analysis is the reason why her film
has won a number of prizes at the
2006 International Documentary
Festival and the 2006 European
Independent Film Festival.
As much as I enjoyed
Goetschel's questioning of such
media as books, films and record
ings and her analysis of how one
can get back historical truth, I
have some serious reservations
about Our Own Private bin Laden.
The disjointed nature of this film
could have arisen from a well-
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as drugs, the Bank of Commerce
and Credit International (BCCI),
and media coverage of
Afghanistan, it was not entirely
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they related to Goetschel's overall
analysis. I also question why certain elements, such as BCCI and
Goetschel's interview with Paul
Fitzgerald, were concentrated
upon  throughout the   film  over
other important topics.
Goetschel approaches her topic
with deep and insightful questions
and attempts to answer them in an
hour-long documentary. One feels
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the film. At other times, one is left
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were even included. Perhaps with
some added length, more coherent
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Contrasting sharply with our
city's signature mountains,
a large neon-orange sign at
12 East Hastings St stands
in dissent against our city's placid
good fortune: NO HOMES NO
PEACE. Kim Kerr, executive director of the Downtown Eastside
Residents Association (DERA),
installed it a few months ago as a
warning. The intention of the
sign...is that there will be no peace
this winter/ he said. 'If that means
that the doors of vacant buildings
get kicked in and those buildings
get squatted then that's what it's
going to mean. We're trying to get
the city, the province and the federal government to take some responsibility for social housing."
Kerr, 51, has been off the streets
since he recovered from alcoholism
in the early '80s and has been
working with DERA for the past
three-and-a-half years. The association addresses community issues
such as housing advocacy in addition to providing a variety of programs and services. Kerr's sign is a
cry for help in a time when the
needs of Vancouver's growing
homeless population is being
increasingly overlooked as the city
scrambles to feed the business
community's insatiable hunger for
real estate. Haunted by Kerr's message, I began exploring the social
housing crisis in Vancouver, its fallout and the extent to which the city
is responsible for creating what
some call 'Canada's Ghetto."
Closing Doors
On September 21, the Pivot Legal
Society (PLS) released a shocking
study that denounced Vancouver's
housing crisis. Titled Cracks in the
Foundation, the study reported that
there will be three times as many
homeless as there are now by 2010
if low-cost housing continues to disappear at its current rate. David Eby
and Christopher Misura, the study's
lead authors, report that gentrifica-
tion is taking over the Downtown
Eastside (DTES). With traditionally
low-income rental housing being
bought, converted or demolished to
profit from Vancouver's growing
condo community, poor tenants are
being left out in the cold.
So how much housing has really
been lost and what is left for local residents? The 2005 Survey of Low-
Income Housing in the Downtown
Core compares housing rates
between 1991 and 2005 and reports
a dramatic loss in single room occupancy units (SROs); the main housing
bastion for the homeless. The majority of SROs consist of ten-by-ten foot
rooms, and residents of SRO buildings often share bathrooms and, if
they are available, cooking facilities
and common spaces.
The report states that between
1991 and 2005, there has been a
loss of 1,846 SRO units. But the PLS
argues that the city has underestimated the. loss by including 206
units of student housing as part of
the low-income stock and by ignoring rent inflation which has made
415 units unaffordable.
According to the government the
main cause of SRO loss is re-development for market housing or commercial use, rent inflation, and housing
closures due to violations of Health
and Standards of Maintenance bylaws. And the PLS study finds that
commercial speculation of the area is
only increasing as the Olympics
approach. It states that since June
2005, 300 units have been lost—more
than twice the average annual loss
over the past 14 years. The PLS calls
this the 'Olympic Effect" and despite
the city's promises to protect society's
most vulnerable, it appears that gen-
trincation seems is escalating in anticipation of 2010.
While running for the rights to host
the Olympics, the Vancouver 2010 Bid
Corporation originally included the
Inner-City Inclusive (ICI) Commitment
Statement in the bid book, which
aimed for an "affordable housing legacy" in the areas of "social sustainabili-
' ty and inner-city inclusion." One questions what exactly this entails.
-Kim Kerr,
Executive Director of the
Downtown Eastside Residents'
Association (DERA)
The ICI document published in
January 2006, shows the city's recognition for social housing needs by stating that it has already funded 381 new
units of low-income housing with
another 250 planned for the Olympic
Village. At first glance, these commitments, put forward by the Vancouver
Organising Committee (VANOC) for
the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games, seem like an exciting
step forward. However, when compared to the 2005 Homeless Action
Plan's goal of providing 800 new units
each year for the next ten years,
VANOC's plans of 381 units over the
next three years seems like a cop-out
To some, the conversion of the
Woodward building on the Downtown
Eastside is a perfect example of the
city's failure to recognise the need for
low-income housing. Since 1993, the
DTES community has lobbied to have
the abandoned department store used
for low-income housing. Since 2004,
536 units have been sold to the private
market 125 units have been reserved
for low-income singles and another 2 5
reserved for low-income families. The
small percentage of non-market housing compared to market housing allocated in the Woodward's building has
been enough to ignite fumes within
the DTES community. Kerr, from
DERA, believes that Jim Green, the primary spokesman for the Woodward's
project, used the community to
advance his own political career and
didn't follow through: In the DTES
Jim Green is considered to have
betrayed the neighbourhood over the
Woodward's building."
Unfortunately, the conversion of
Woodward's maybe only one example
of many that demonstrate how the
city's actions and policies are not
measuring up to its promises.
Village of Idiots
After all the fanfare on the city's
part to promote the "sustainable and
socially inclusive community" that is
to be the Olympic Village in False
Creek, many have doubts about
whether or not the proposed plans for
the neighbourhood can be successfully
implemented. An article published
recently in the Vancouver Sun cites
experts who say that 'it will be a miracle if any of the market housing can be
sold for less than $1,000 a square
foot" In contrast City Councillor Jill
Davidson, who works with VANOC,
assures that there will be 250 units of
low or modest.income households
within the community. Which left one
wondering, what does "low or modest
income* mean?
According to BC Housing, eligibility
depends on if one meets the "Core need
income threshold" which is defined by
Storv-by Candice Vallantjn
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one's family status and changes from
city to city. To qualify for social housing
in Vancouver, a person looking for a
bachelor apartment must make
$27,500 a year or less and must spend
a maximum of 30 per cent of their
income on rent So while someone living on social assistance qualifies for
this housing, the question remains how
eager BC Housing will be to supply
these new suites to someone depending on social assistance, with a rent
allowance of $325 a month, rather than
ayoungprofessionalmaking $27,500 a
year, and thus able to pay $687 on
monthly rent
Let them eat cake
The Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation defines "affordable housing" as housing that costs less than 30
per cent of family income. But for
those on social assistance, 'core housing' is the only option that's truly
affordable. "Core housing' refers to
any housing whose rent is equivalent
to or below the monthly rent
allowance offered by social assistance,
which is currently $325, and has been
since 1994.
Intuitively, one might think that
low-income" housing is the same
as "core housing." Far from it: in
2005 only 19 per cent of low-
income housing was available for
$325 or less, while 73 per cent was
available in 1992, according to the
city's  housing survey.  In  other
words, 81 percent of tenants currently living in 'low-income" housing are forced to pay rent with part
of their monthly living allowance,
which ranges from $185 for adults
under 65 to $531 for seniors.
Randy Allan Darling, a DTES resi-
eager BC Housing will be
dent who signed an affidavit collected
by the PLS, has been adding up the
effects of unreasonable social assistance: "Welfare is $490 per month.
$350 goes directly to shelter. I get
$ 140 per month for all of my expenses. I don't have enough money for
other things, like bus fare to and from
Housing isn't the only thing affected by inflation. According to the Bank
of Canada's "Inflation Calculator,"
with the annual rate of inflation of
2.08 per cent the consumer price
index (CPI) has increased by 28 per
cent since  1994. This means that
Darling has essentially been living off
an allowance now worth 22 per cent
less than welfare allowances from 12
years ago.
Nome sweet home
In addition to living in financial
limbo, DTES residents must deal
with constant health risks at home
as well. In DERA's office, people
describe hotel bedbugs like, the
prize-winning fish that got away: "I
saw some that were one-seventh of
an inch long!" Kerr commented further on the bedbug infestation in
Vancouver, alleging that a local resident had gone into anaphylactic
shock after having been overexposed to these hungry pests. But
bedbugs are only one of many
unwanted DTES roommates—cockroaches and mice infestations are
also of serious concern.
Aside from the rodents and vermin, basic living requirements such
as heat hot water, deanliness, accessibility and security are often not met
Linus Malik's testimony, one of many
DTES resident affidavits collected by
PLS, bears witness to the inhumane
conditions these paying tenants must
deal with. The building is very dirty.
The floors are very dirty; you have to
wear your shoes even in your room.
There is garbage, blood and shit in the
bathrooms; they are filthy." Kerr said
some people prefer to sleep in the
streets rather than in some DTES hotel
rooms. In fact the GVRD Homeless
Count from 2005 reported 45 per cent
of those questioned on the street didn't want to stay in local shelters due to
fears of theft and lack of hygiene.
This isn't particularly shocking for
any Vancouver native. Anyone who's
walked down to Main and Hastings
knows it isn't the cleanest place in the
city. But why have tenants in this particular neighbourhood been left to rot?
Integrity: structural and
The Vancouver Standards of
Maintenance by-law is ostensibly
meant to protect the residents of all
'rooming houses," including hoteL
motel and apartment building tenants
throughout the city. Aside from ensuring basic "full-structural integrity" of
the building, the by-law requires all
establishments to have proper heating, running hot and cold water, security (meaning locks on all doors,) and
proper sanitary conditions (including
tissue paper in the bathrooms.)
Even when violations of the by-law
are recognised by the city,'enforcement is not always properly carried
out in the DTES. The Burns Block is a
perfect example of this. The building
was shut down on March 30, 2006
after a "routine inspection"—the first
in two years—that found that tire
code regulations had not been
adhered to. Under the Standards of
Maintenance by-law, the city could
have renovated the building and
billed the owner. Instead, the 18 residents were kicked out of their rooms
with a two-hour notice:
PLS represented these residents
and won the case in the Residential
Tenancy Courts, though the owner of
the Burns Block has yet to comply and
pay the tenants compensation for
their "illegal eviction.' Meanwhile, he
has put the building, originally purchased for $550,000, on the market
for $2.5 million.
Although the city has the power to
ensure DTES tenants live in adequate
housing, it has left many at the mercy
of landlords eager to jump into the
business of speculation. Instead of
renovating and maintaining the existing low-income housing, the city's
inconsistent enforcement encourages
hotel owners to disregard building
maintenance as a pretext to get shut
down, have tenants evicted and have
their building put on the market The
government's own housing survey
even stated that the enforcement of
Health, Standard of Maintenance and
Fire bylaws are the second biggest
source of the SRO stock depletion.
The first major source of SRO loss
is the conversion of existing units into
budget hotels or market housing. In an
attempt to fight conversion, the city
implemented the Single Room
Accommodation by-law in 2003. The
aim of this by-law is to inhibit SRO conversion by charging building owners
$5,000 for each room lost These
funds are supposed to be funnelled
towards replacement housing in order
to meet the city's one-for-one replacement goal. So far, those affected are
not impressed. When asked about the
results of the by-law, Kerr scoffed, "It's
not worth the paper it's written on."
He insists the by-law simply isn't
enforced. Instead, local hotel owners
who hope to sell once property values
increase are purposely encouraging
high vacancy rates—as long as the
hotel remains empty, it isn't technically low-income housing and can thus
circumvent the by-law. Other owners
evict residents through under the pretext of renovating and then increase
the rent beyond the budgets of the
original tenants.
While the Burns Block is one example of poor by-law enforcement, it isn't
alone; the American Hotel and the
Pender Hotel were both shut down
under similar pretexts in 2006 and
2005, respectively. Inevitably these
closed doors and eviction notices force
people out on the streets and their
growing numbers are a constant
reminder of the city's inadequate
housing policies.
So..whaf$ Plan B?
Tourists coming off cruise ships by
Vancouver's waterfront are now being
greeted by an expanding population of
street wanderers while making their
way from Gastown to Robson street
And though this indigent welcome
wagon would be considered unsightly
by any travel agent's standards, the
city's homeless are not going to just
disappear. Their population has doubled in the GVRD from 2002 to 2005.
The latest housing survey of the GVRD
estimated that 2,174 homeless people
are living in the area, while the city
also estimates that there are 1,300
people in Vancouver alone. "And
[that]'s only the tip of the iceberg," said
Kerr. "Most homeless people we know
sleep in places where you couldn't
find them."
So the city has a plan. In fact it
has two.  However, they don't quite
even in your room. There is
garbage, blood and shit in
-Linus Malik
DTES resident testimony
seem to agree with each other. While
Article 18 of the Revised Homeless
Action Plan released in April 2005
asks to create 800 units a year for
the next ten years, the Housing Plan
for the DTES passed only a year-and-
a-half later has reduced that goal to
400 new units a year across the city
with only about 100 units a year
within the DTES. In fact, the plan
states its minimum committed target as 150 to 200 units a year, only
barely reaching the minimum
requirements to achieve its one-to-
one replacement goal.
When asked about the discrepancy between the two plans, Jim
Johnson, the Vancouver Housing
Planner, didn't really seem to have
an answer. "Not having been the
author of the Homeless Action Plan
I'm not quite sure of how those two
[plans] tine up but it kind of gives
you an idea of our overall policy,
which is to create social housing
city-wide, particularly for those who
have lived previously throughout
the DTES, to help them stabilise
their lives and move out of the
area.' The ambiguity of his answer
implies a lack of cohesion not only
within the municipality's plans, but
between the lower and senior governments as well. 'What the city
has done is...purchase sites for
social housing and help facilitate
[its] development when possible
but the problem that we're facing is
that the senior governments are no
longer funding the creation of
social housing." Johnson reminds
me that the city owns 19 sites it
hopes to develop for social housing
but cannot begin without senior
government involvement.
Since the publication of the
city's plans to renew social housing, there has been no official
response from senior governments, with the exception of some
coordination     to     rebuild     the
Woodward building and one other
92-unit SRO building on East
Johnson's defence echoes the
tone of the DTES Housing Plan,
which reminds us that one organisation alone is not to blame for the
housing crisis. The document also
points to the de-institutionahsation
of those with mental illness in the
late '80s and to the availability of
cheap illicit drugs as contributing
factors to Vancouver's exploding
homeless population. It goes on to
say that in 1993, two-thirds of funding for social housing was lost when
the federal government decided to
cut costs. And more recently in
2002, Premier Gordon Campbell
cancelled Homes BC and concentrated funding to housing for senior citizens. As a result, the document
concedes this rate of replacement
isn't sustainable unless senior governments reinstate funding.
Ironically enough, while the
housing plan commends the
involvement of the DTES community in the creation of the document,
it fails to mention that the plan was
passed by city council in September
2005 despite the opposition from
every single community organisation in the neighbourhood. The
community's main objections are
what they perceive as a forced displacement of the poor from the
downtown core to the outer extremities of the city in order to make
more room for condos. When I
asked Kerr from DERA about the
Housing Plan, he sarcastically spat
out, "The DTES housing plan is saying basically, 'gee, it would be nice
if other levels of government would
build social housing but since
they're not going to or until they do
we're going to fill the neighbourhood with condos.' That's what it
says." Regarding the Homeless
Action Plan Kerr's reaction wasn't
any less pessimistic: "The city
should not just be writing a strongly worded letter, Sam [Sullivan]
should be rolling his chair out there
and really coming off with 'lets do
something!' They totally and utterly
betrayed the poor."
Is there a silver lining?
Surely there must be good news
to finish off this ode to the decay of
Vancouver's social housing. When
asked if there is hope for resolution, Johnson put it bluntly: "
People are going to have to come to
the table with money, so it's hard to
feel one way or the other...until we
start writing cheques."
But the Pivot Legal Society's
gloomy report isn't asking for
money necessarily, only the city's
commitment to its own plans and
the enforcement of its own by-laws
as intended. David Eby says. The
bottom line is that the Olympics are
supposed to leave a positive legacy
in Vancouver and so far I'm not seeing that happen."
Meanwhile Kerr left the interview more heated up than ever:
'You know, this is a fight that I
expect to lose. Other people I work
with don't like me to say that
but..they will build their condos
and they're going to destroy the
housing but people here are not
going to go without a fight because
there are 300,000 homeless people
in this country and this isn't just
about the Downtown Eastside.'
On that note, sleep tight tonight,
don't let the bedbugs bite and hopefully when the next elections come up we
can vote our way out of this mess. @
-Author's note: BC Housing Minister
Richard Coleman will be releasing a
new Housing Strategy Announcement
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Spartacus Books rises from the ashes
by Ron Friedman
Spartacus books, named after the famous slave
revolt leader from ancient Rome, is a collectively-run bookstore that rekindled after a fire burnt
it down in April 2004. Like Spartacus himself, it
too has risen against great odds.
The store was originally opened by a group
of university students in 1973 and has since
been operated completely by volunteers.
Spartacus Books is the longest-running collective bookstore in Canada and the second oldest
in North America, according to volunteer
Alexander Daughtry, who has been with
Spartacus since 1976. The aisles of the store are
stacked with radical literature scoping media,
politics, social theory, philosophy, sexuality,
environment and gender. The interests of the
collective determine the selection of books.
Each member develops the issues and interests
that they care about For example Spartacus
now boasts a pirate section, which according to
volunteer Jessica Peart, is something they've
never had.
The fire in 2004 destroyed the complete
inventory, thousands of books along with 33
years worth of memorabilia. Seeing as everything was lost, including the volunteer contact
information, the outlook was grim.
"I wasn't even convinced that we would
restart," said Peart. However, on the very same
day of the fire, a group of people were already
meeting to discuss the restoration. The collective looked to its members and to the community for help in re-opening the store. A year and
a half later, Spartacus Books has opened in a
new location: 319 Hastings West, right next
door to the old store.
According to Peart, there are approximately
50 volunteers. Shifts employ between one to
three people. Decisions are made on the basis
of consensus at regular meetings in which
about half the volunteers are present. Any
objections are noted and discussed until resolution prevails.
She says that there is a wide variety of views
and opinions and representatives from several
walks of life: "We have a pretty diverse collective in terms of how people come to Spartacus
and what they do in their everyday lives". This
is reflected in the many events that take place in
Spartacus books, from anarchist film screenings and book launches to variety shows.
"All events are run on a strict 'no ass-
holeism' policy," as stated on their website.
All events charge admittance based on a
sliding scale policy and groups are asked to
leave a donation for use of the space.
The uncommon business model of this store
means that it is run quite differently from other
stores. In order to get an interview with a representative of the store, one has to wait for a decision to be made by the collective. When asked
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about the efficiency of this model, Peart added,
"We experience communication breakdowns
from time to time but we always put Spartacus
first I've never seen anyone block a decision
from being made."
What they lack in efficiency they make
up for in devotion. Volunteer Alexander
Daughtry, when asked why he thinks people
chose Spartacus books, replied that it was
because they carry what people cannot obtain
anywhere else. University students make up a
considerable percentage of shoppers and
Daughtry stresses that "it is a university initiative and students should continue to be
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Loggerhead churns out depressing collection
by Peter Trower
by Dana Drori
I assume it's not too often that loggers become
poets, but if anywhere, it's most likely to happen in Canada. Peter Trower, labelled a "logger
poet" since 1971, has recently released his
new collection of works, Haunted Hills and
Hanging VaUeys, consisting of poems from
1969 until 2004. Naturally, the majority of
these 100-or-so modern poems depict scenes
from nature, incorporating birds, weather,
food, insects and wood.
In this book, it seems like the poems themselves are lonely; the title itself gives a hollow
feeling. Trower's images of solitude in nature,
while beautiful, are ultimately depressing. The
longest piece in the book, "A Testament of
Hills," contains images of death-by-tree-trunk
and cynical "logger junkies." The speaker
seems to be the same in each poem: an embit
tered man, suffering from lost love and muscle pain, who is clairvoyant enough to divide
the world into its most basic aspects and disregard trivialities.
Trower's works are unique in that the allusions and comparisons he makes are not typically found in poetry. He writes about the
machines used in logging, as well as trees being
uprooted or cut down. But there are a few
poems that do not pertain to the wilderness;
"Unmarked Doorways" has images of run-down
Granville Street, including alcoholics and jaded
women feeling hopeless in the seedy underbelly of the city. Nevertheless, whether the poems
are about people or, more subtly, trees, they all
contain a sense of desperation.
These works seem like a good collection to
bring on a hiking trip, provided that they do
not cause severe depression or instability. The
only happy poem seems to be "Garden Music,"
a hazy piece about love and "rocks and grass."
Basically, this book is good for some interesting and picturesque nature poetry, and
wallowing in solitude. @
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Fly boys soa rs
by Hannah Hardy
Now Playing
The fall has begun—the weather
has become dingy and everyone
has made a dash for the comfortable seats of the local theatre. Now
is the perfect time for fall to start
as the big screen is bursting with
good movies. I must admit that
when the trailers for Flyboys
appeared on television, I couldn't
help but wonder where this movie
came from, and why I didn't know
anything about it. As a fan of
movies about romance in the
midst of war, this film had everything I could want in a movie.
Flyboys is about American
fighter pilots in World War One
who have enlisted in the Lafayette
Escadrille before American forces
joined the effort. These men
became the country's first fighter
pilots. On the surface, the film is a
semi-biographical work that follows the dangers of a fighter pilot,
but the movie itself is a much
more than that. It is a romance
between one of the pilots (played
by James Franco, ostensibly the
Tom Cruise of our time) and a
woman from France. The film
attempts to represent what it was
like to have a fling in the midst of
war. You loved and you lost; people joined together, communicated, and helped each other in difficult situations, but when it was
over, life went back to normal.
This particular romance adds
humour to a heavy subject as
James Franco stumbles his way
through his attempts to speak
French and falls from a horse
while he tries to impress his girl.
Director Tony Bill (winner
1973 Best Picture Oscar for The
Sting) was called to direct this
independent film seven years
after his last feature. His return to
the industry was facilitated by producer Dean Devlin, who wanted a
real pilot behind the camera. Bill,
who has been flying since he was
14, is an expert aerobatic pilot.
This valuable insight into the
mechanics of aerobatics makes
the flying sequences within the
film remarkably choreographed
and highly adventurous. Without a
doubt, these sequences are the
best reason to see the film.
Although the use of the planes
appears anachronistic, the stunning effects they create in this film
overshadow this problem. Flyboys
took over two years to make, and
cost $85 million. This amount,
which covered production and
marketing, was raised without any
studio backing.
When the world first went to
war, they were the first to fly.
Fighting a war that wasn't theirs,
these adventure-seekers learned
the true meaning of love, brotherhood, heroism, courage and tolerance. This fast, thrilling and visually stunning film forces audience
members to the edges of their
seats from start to finish—it is a
must-see film for the fall season. @
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This is a heart-wrenching tale of
an aging coast guard officer (Kevin
Costner) forced to take a teaching
job after a dramatic accident within the first ten minutes of the film.
We then meet his cocky student
(Ashton Kutcher), who becomes
his greatest challenge, and together they share a similar history in
which their bonding begins. The
Guardian is a drama that serves
up a heroic story with amazing
action sequences that can thrill the
harshest critic. The film twists and
turns but all is resolved in a dramatic somersault in the last half
hour. When Kutcher finds himself
in a sticky situation and calls upon
his mentor for help, however, the
help turns into something unexpectedly different. The first two
hours built up to a superb climax
to a point that left the audience in
stunned silence.
The Guardian follows along a
similar storyline seem in An
Officer And a Gentleman, with
Kevin Costner playing a bitter,
overachieving rescue diver, and
Kutcher tries his hand as a serious
actor as the overconfident, over-
talented trainee whose rough past
causes him to rebel.
It's nothing particularly new,
and the story is largely predictable. However, Costner and
Kutcher make a stunning onscreen team and director Andrew
Davis manages to turn repetitive
training scenes into visually interesting, and fun sequences.
The movie has its pitfalls with
parallel romantic subplots
between Costner and his wife (Sela
Ward) as he fights to win her back,
and Kutcher in a casual relationship with a schoolteacher (Melissa
Sagemiller). The romances drag
the movie through some painful
dialogue, while Kutcher exposes
his buffed-up body throughout
most of these scenes.
Visually, The Guardian is any
moviegoer's dream, and must be
seen on the big screen. If you want
to see pain, heartbreak, and inspirational performances this is the
movie to see. But if you're looking
for romance, you'd do better to
look elsewhere. @ THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 3 October, 2006
Almodovar's Volver leaves you happy but distant
Real emotional investment takes back seat to Penelope Cruz's physique
Vancouver International Film Festival
September 29
by Jesse Ferreras
A story about a death in the family and the problems of familial relations is not conventional
fodder for comedy. Nevertheless, that is exactly
how Pedro Almodovar approaches his subject
Recognised for assuming a lighthearted
approach to otherwise heavy stories about love
and family relations, Volver unfolds much like
a comic version of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts.
Viewers will undoubtedly be drawn to the
prospect of seeing Penelope Cruz rescued from
her short-lived career in American film, but
there is much more to behold in this superbly-
acted, yet only marginally absorbing piece.
Opening onto a cemetery in a small Spanish
village, sisters Sole (Lola Duenas), Raimunda
(Cruz) and her daughter Paula (Yohana Cobo)
are attempting to clean their mother's grave
against the force of an east wind. Back home,
Raimunda is married to Paco (Antonio de la
Torre), an alcoholic, lazy, abusive man with
stronger affections for Paula than are acceptable. Raimunda returns home from work one
day to find that her daughter has killed Paco in
self-defence, and has a world of trouble trying to
clean up the mess. Meanwhile, Sole has gone
back to the village for their auntie Paula's funeral and discovers that her mother Irene (Carmen
Maura) has come back from the dead. The
return opens up some old wounds untreated
since her death from a terrible fire many years
before. Gradually, however, she becomes a
source of comfort to her daughters, who discover only after her return how much they need
her in order to confront their own everyday
problems and disturbing truths from the past
The murder of an abusive husband and the
recognition of deeply buried truths is a story
more at home in a tragedy— Volver is not.
Almodovar seems to have toned down the
colourful, expressive style he developed for
such recent work as La Mala Educacion and
Hable con Ella. The only saturated visual element in this piece is his camera's fetishising of
Penelope Cruz's body. She looks better than
ever, and Pedro knows it—an aerial shot as she
washes dishes in a low-cut shirt is proof of that.
Surprisingly, this does not distract from her
performance—she has a luminous presence
opposite her co-stars. Duenas as Sole is also
brilliant—her character seems the dark horse of
the family, but the director does not dwell on
that The sisters have a close relationship and
she gets some of the film's most humorous
moments keeping Irene's return a secret.
While the film's humour is an innovative
way to approach such a heavy story, I'm not
sure it works. At points where one is supposed
to cry, something funny happens and immediately stops one from being absorbed by the
characters. That is not to say that the film
comes out flat, however. In a scene where
Raimunda cries as she sings at a party, the emotion is very real, but it is rare that the audience
feels as involved in any other scene throughout
Volver. That was perhaps the director's inten
tion, or rather a casualty of Almodovar's
attempt to deal with his subject in a comic fashion. Ultimately, it makes for a pleasurable film
peppered by dark humour, strong performances and touching relationships that ultimately
leaves you feeling ambiguous and distant. @
Documentary opens its eyes to grim reality of a civil war
Vancouver International Film Festival
October 10-11
by Peter Warren
There are two kinds of documentaries: those
that are informative and those that are so
shocking that you end up feeling sick. A really
good one manages to be a bit of both, and
Uganda Rising is a perfect example. This exploration of the silent genocide that is taking place
in northern Uganda is absolutely fascinating,
but at the same time it's deeply and horrifyingly disturbing.
For the past two decades, Uganda has been
engaged in civil war. For most of this time the
West has remained unaware of the ever-degrading human rights standards in the region. This
documentary focuses on the plight of the Acholi
people from Uganda's North whose children are
regularly kidnapped by extremist religious
rebels, and whose government has forcibly relocated them into refugee camps.
Directors Jesse James Miller  and  Pete
McCormack travel to Uganda to expose terrors
that have until now remained hidden. The
directors juxtapose tiny joys found in Ugandan
life with brutal realities. As a result, one sees a
truthful picture.
The film's honesty is its greatest strength
and weakness—at times it is difficult to watch.
Eviscerated corpses, tearful relatives, and horrified victims are all paraded before the camera
without a second thought The truth is harsh
and disturbing, and thus, so is the film. This is
a film not to be missed by those who care about
human rights. @
Tuesday, 10/03: Scott Thompson w/Bob Wiseman
& Magali Meagher,
Norm Theatre, 7pm,
tickets @ Zulu, Scratch, the Outpost,
all ages
Thursday, 10/12: Ian Wrig ht Lectu re,
Chan Centre,8pm,
tickets @ Ticketmaster or the Chan box office
Friday, 10/13: The Chronicles w/ Hill,
Gallery Lounge,
8pm, FREE SHOW, 19+
Sunday, 10/15: Maude Barlow Lecture,
Chan Centre,
8pm, tickets @ Ticketmaster or the Chan box office
Visit www.ams.ubc.ca/eventsfora complete listing of all
upcoming events & concerts.
The Realities of Race 2007 Organizing Committee is pleased to extend an invitation to friends,
colleagues, and community members to participate in organizing the 4th annual Realities of Race week
at UBC. Realities of Race (RoR) is a weeklong series of events which will take place this year during the
week of March 21st, 2007 (the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination).
The purpose of RoR is to increase awareness of racism, both globally and locally,and build spaces for
socially conscious, critical thought and action.
Please join us for an information session on Wednesday October 4th, 2006 in the SUB Council Chambers
(room 206) from 3pm to 4pm and again from 4pm to 5pm.There will be information about RoR history,
past achievements,and how to get involved with organizing this year.
Open to all students, staff, faculty or others interested. Light snacks will be served.
For more information contact ubc.realities.of.race.week@gmail.com
AMS Jobs
Many AMS Food Outlets (located in the Student Union Building) are still hiring for the fall semester.
Please submit your resume with your current contact info and your work availability (please be
specific) to the AMS Administration office, room 266, second floor of SUB
AMS Promotions is looking for postering staff (workstudy position).
Please contact Paul Dayson at marketing@ams.ubc.ca to apply and include your availability.
The AMS's informal educational service, offering popular courses including: Beer Tasting, Wine
Tasting, Pole Dancing, Acting,Guitar, and many more, is back again this fall! Providing safe and
friendly learning environments, Minischool offers a wide range of learning opportunities that are a
refreshing change from the academic classroom setting. All courses are taught by professional
instructors, and are offered at rates as low as $45 for a 4 to 6 week course. Choose from over 20
courses in the fall 2006 Minischool session, beginning on October 10th, Registration is open now
and closes on October 6th. Visit us online at www.ams.ubc.ca/minischoolformore details!
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Cdca-Cola And Dead  Babies: These
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humanity THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 3 October, 2006
UBC's annual Day of the Longboat a success despite rainy weather
Thousands of students went to Jericho Beach to get wet overtheweekend, not allowing Saturday morning's rain to dampen the fun. LAURENCE BUTET-ROCH PHOTO
T-Birds neuter Huskies
by Andrew Kim
Wolfson Field was the stage for the
T-Birds' comeback Sunday afternoon, after losing to Alberta the
day before. Playing against a
mediocre Saskatchewan team, the
Thunderbirds dominated the
game and bounced back from
Saturday's loss.
Early on, UBC forward Steve
Frazao provided firepower from
the left side, while midfielder Mike
Elliot ran from box to box, winning
the ball and controlling the tempo.
Other Thunderbirds also pressured
the Huskies, managing to hold the
visitors to only two shots in the
first half.
"First half, I was really happy
with them. I thought we really
maintained the pressure all over
them, giving them very little space
in which to play," said T-Birds
head coach Mike Mosher.
UBC's first of three goals came in
the 24th minute, when Elliot made a
quick pass to fifth-year defender Ben
DeCosse, who calmly scored. UBC's
performance, characterised by hard
work and discipline, contrasted starkly with that of the undisciplined
Huskies, resulting in four
Saskatchewan yellow cards over the
course of the game.
First-year Nick Poole netted the
second goal for UBC in the 42nd
minute with style. After receiving a
long pass from the left with his
chest, he controlled the ball past a
defender then accurately shot past
the Huskies' goalie. He is now the
second leading-scorer for UBC
with three goals.
The second half saw the Huskies
generate a little more offence, but
their defence was still out of sync and
looked nervous, frequently turning
the ball over. Again, Frazao proved to
be a threat and eventually scored a
penalty he drew in the 69th minute,
while Elliot showed he was defensively capable by tackling the opposition's
forwards and recovering the possession of the ball.
"Mike was probably our best
throughout the weekend. He does all
the little things not everyone notices.
I thought Steve Frazao stepped it up
today. He had a real sort of purpose
about him especially in the first half
and was causing them a lot of trouble," commented Mosher.
Justbefore the game ended, a mistake by the Thunderbirds defence
resulted in a Saskatchewan goal by
Jordan Schidlowsky, ruining keeper
Serge Djekanovic's shutout bid.
UBC's next game is against
UVic, who must win to remain in
the playoff hunt. Entering the second half of the season, UBC knows
no games are easy, however the
team remains confident. They are
the reigning champs. @
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by Boris Korby
With a score more appropriate for
a UBC basketball game, the T-Birds
offence made a statement to the
rest of the Canada West conference Friday night at Thunderbird
UBC used a balanced attack to
solidify its chances to secure one of
the final two playoff spots in the conference, outgunning a Regina squad
that relied almost exclusively on the
arm of Canada West passing leader
Teale Orban.
UBC quarterback Blake Smelser
had his most impressive game in five
years as a Thunderbird, completing
26 of 33 passes for 392 yards and
four touchdowns in the victory, while
third-year runningback Chris Ciezki
ran for three touchdowns for the second consecutive game and caught
another while wracking up 183 yards
on 22 carries.
"You always want to achieve
balance on offence just simply
because they can't focus on taking
away one thing," said Thunderbirds
head coach Ted Goveia. "When
they do, they give up something,
so we were lucky that the offensive
line played a lot better, and that
allowed us to do a lot of things
both in the air and on the ground."
But in a game where offensive
stars were in abundance, the most
astounding numbers belonged to los
ing quarterback Teale Orban, whose
548 passing yards—the second most
in Canada West history—and six
touchdown passes—tied for fourth
highest in conference history—kept
the game from turning into a blowout
after UBC managed to pull away in
the second half.
"We ran into a hot quarterback,
and he did a great job, but we're
better than what we showed on
defence and we expect to address
that this week."
The UBC offensive outburst
started on the very first drive for
the T-Birds. Fourth-year punt
returner Derek Townsend ran the
opening kickoff 46 yards to the
Regina 54. After a 45 yard reception by second-year receiver
Braden Smith put UBC at the nine
yard line, Ciezki plowed into the
endzone on the next play to put
UBC up six only 47 seconds into
the game.
By the time the game was in the
books three-and-a-half hours later,
five different UBC players would
score touchdowns, allowing UBC to
improve its record to 2-2, while
Regina's playoff aspirations would
take a significant hit.
Next up for UBC is Shrum Bowl
XXIX against cross-town rivals
Simon Fraser. The game is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 and can
be heard on AM 730 and seen on
The Score. @
1st Downs  YDS     PEN
|UBC |        31 |  598   |l5-1(
REG 29 612     14-101
,^!"r 26/33    392
Orban    34/53    548
Chris         22         183
LG   |
Teale          4           49
1  REC 1 YDS
wTen     7       125
| REC  | YDS
LG   |
Goldie   |     9      |   145
51   1 16
Tuesday, 3 October, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
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UBC offence rolls over Rams
...Page 1
Women's Volleyball
The UBC women's volleyball team
had a strong pre-season outing in
Montreal over the weekend. They
defeated McGill in four sets (25-
15, 25-20, 24-26, 25-19) to take the
bronze medal at the Carabins
Invitational.  Fifth-year Stephanie
Kurz was named the tournament
Women's Field Hockey
UBC remains undefeated in conference play after pulling out a 2-2 draw
against UVic Sunday afternoon. The
T-Birds fell behind 2-1 in the second
half with the clock winding down
before fifth-year middle Christine De
Pape was able to slap a loose ball
passed the UVic goalie.
Women's Soccer
Despite carrying the play against the
UofA Pandas Saturday afternoon,
UBC just couldn't find the back of the
net and lost 1-0. To add insult to
injury UBC lost first-year midfielder
Caitlin Davie and third-year defense-
men Jill Kinsmen to indefinite
injury. UBC is now 3-3-1 after
Sunday's win against Saskatchewan,
and remains in the playoff hunt @
Vancouver International Film Festival
Sep.28-Oct.13, 2006
350 of the best new films from over 50 countries on 10 screens!
Same Planet, Different Worlds
VISA  HH Vancity
Generously sponsored by:
Old Joy (USA, 73 min.)
Possibly the best film at both Sundance and Rotterdam,
Kelly Reiehardt's moving and exquisite feature stars Will
Oldham and Daniel London as old friends who reunite
for g weekend camping trip in the Cascades outside of
Portland. As they attempt to come to terms with how
they have changed, Rcichardt encodes their trip with the
metaphors that explore our innate desire to renew past
freedoms. <OLDJO>
Tue. Oct 3, 12:00pm, Vancity Theatre
Fri. Oct 6, 10:00pm, Vancity Theatre
Sun. Oct 8, 3:45pm, Vancity Theatre
Citizen Duane (Canada, 90 min.)
Michael Mabbntt's sophomore feature will be appreciated by those who enjoyed last year's The Life and Hard
Times i>f Guy Terrified. A high-school rivalry turns into
something much target as Duane Balfour (Douglas Smith)
runs for mayor of his small town.
With Career Day (Canada, 8 min.) Why grow up? Just ask
third-grader Ella Johansscn who just wants to be a kid....
forever. <CITIZ>
Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian
Hosoi (USA, 90 min.)
The rise, fall, and rebirth of Christian Hosoi, the young man
who helped skateboarding re-emerge as a major cultural influence in the 1980s. Incarcerated in 2000 for drug trafficking
and paroled in 2004, Hosoi, as shown in Cesario Montano's
film, has dedicated his life to being a good father and positive
influence on the sport. <RISIN>
Tue. Oct 3, 1:00pm, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 5, 1:00pm, Granville 7
Fri. Oct 6, 7:00pm, Ridge
^ Guest in attendance
In Between Days (USA, 82 min.)
When a recent Korean immigrant falls in love
with her best and only friend, their misunderstood affection for each other creates a delicate
relationship that is challenged by the demands
of living in a new country. Set during a Toronto
winter. So Yong Kim's terrific debut won the
Special Jury Prize for Independent Vision at this
year's Sundance, and a FIPRESCI award in Berlin.
Mon. Oct 9, 9:45pm, Granville 7
Wed. Oct 11, 12:30pm, Granville 7
§ Guest in attendance
Radiant City (Canada, 86 min.)
In a film with several surprises, including just
how entertaining a documentary on suburbia can
be, Gary Burns {The Suhurhaiuitors, waydown-
toivn) and journalist Jim Brown team up for a
mesmerizing exploration of the Late Suburban
Age. <RADIA>
Tue. Oct 10, 9:30pm, Granville 7
Thu. Oct 12, 3:30pm, Granville 7
% Guest in attendance
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Programs now available around town
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