UBC Publications

UBC Publications

UBC Publications

The Ubyssey Nov 17, 1977

Item Metadata


JSON: ubysseynews-1.0127098.json
JSON-LD: ubysseynews-1.0127098-ld.json
RDF/XML (Pretty): ubysseynews-1.0127098-rdf.xml
RDF/JSON: ubysseynews-1.0127098-rdf.json
Turtle: ubysseynews-1.0127098-turtle.txt
N-Triples: ubysseynews-1.0127098-rdf-ntriples.txt
Original Record: ubysseynews-1.0127098-source.json
Full Text

Full Text

Array SFU board faces injunction
The student union at Simon
FVaser University filed an injunction with the B.C. supreme
court Wednesday demanding the
university stop collecting tuition
fees above last year's levels and
return fee increases already
The SFU board of governors
approved a 25 per cent fee increase
in April, raising fees to $283 per
semester from $227 per semester
for a full course load.
In a statement issued Wednesday the student society says the
tuition fee increase was unlawful
because the decision to raise
tuition fees  was   made  by  the
provincial government and not the
"This, we feel, is in contravention of the Universities Act
which charges the board of
governors with fixing and determining tuition fees at SFU."
The statement says the board
had no choice in raising tuition fees
because the Universities Council of
B.C. made its budget recommendation to the government
based on a standard tuition fee to
apply to all universities.
"By fixing tuition fees at the
three universities in this way, SFU
was faced with a potential budget
penalty if they decided not to raise
fees last April.
"Our board made it clear at the
Kenny rejects
clean-up plan
time they passed the decision to
implement the fee increase that
they were not doing so willingly."
SFU board chairman Ray
Parkinson said he was doubtful of
the case's validity.
"It seems more of a political
statement than a legal case," he
said. "I will have to consult with
the lawyers before making any
Parkinson said he was not sure if
the board was forced into raising
tuition fees.
"Yes, I remember that (fee
increase decision) happening but it
was so complex I forget who said
what to who."
UBC Alma Mater Society
president John DeMarco said he
supports the court action by the
SFU student society.
UBC administration president
Doug Kenny said he also doubted
the case's merit.
"I would be doubtful that there is
any contravention of the
Universities Act," he said. "In no
way did the government direct the
university, it was plainly the
university's decision.'
"I don't think there is a thread of
evidence, but that is for. the
supreme court to decide, not Doug
SFU Student Society spokesman
Ross Powell said the Universities
Council and the provincial government should not be involved in
determining student fees.
"The university cannot possibly
be responsible to the education
needs of the public if the government continues this policy of direct
intervention in the management of
the university," he said.
Powell said a policy of government intervention in university
affairs uses education to satisfy
political purposes instead of
providing students with a good
quality of education.
"The attempt by our provincial
government to have tuition fees
raised is yet another attack on
spending for social services which
penalizes those who can least afford it."
Vol. LXf No 27       VANCOUVER, B.C., THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1977
UBC administration president
Doug Kenny criticized education
minister Pat McGeer Wednesday
for trying to interfere in UBC's
financial operations.
Kenny was responding to a letter
sent by McGeer Sept. 14 to Kenny
and William Armstrong,
Universities Council of B.C.
chairman, in which McGeer
requested the council to "develop
as a high priority a plan for
establishing suitable standards for
their physical surroundings."
In a reply to McGeer Oct. 13,
Kenny estimates that improvements to all the areas shown
in 21 photographs that McGeer
enclosed in the letter could cost up
to $36.3 million.
Kenny questioned McGeer's high
priority plan for a campus clean-up
"Our priorities are extensively
on the academic side," Kenny said
in an interview.
"As soon as operating funding
improves it is my intention that the
Jevel of grounds maintenance will
be improved."
McGeer says in the September
letter that campus sites should live
up to their potential.
The letter says, "the site for the
University of British Columbia was
selected some 70 years ago by an
international panel. Many considered it to be the finest physical
location for any university in the
Among the eyesores included in
the photographs are "unsightly
war huts," uncut grass, parking
tots and "low quality temporary
buildings" of the psychology and
physical plant buildings.
In his October reply to McGeer,
Kenny says, "during the past two
years, the university construction
and grounds development
programs have followed the
highest standards possible commensurate with available funds."
He notes also that as part of its
five-year capital program, UBC
submitted a number of proposals,
designed to eliminate the huts and
temporary buildings, to the
education ministry.
See page 3: KENNY
SEIZING SUDS, Pit waiter Ray Crawford, education 4, displays
pitchers of draught, beer now available at pub under new policy begun
Wednesday. Pit patrons can retrieve pitchers of brown liquid from bar
—matt king photo
themselves, although bottled beer, cider and glasses of draught will
still be served by waiters.
Pit policy change means jugged suds
After a year of tight regulations
at the Pit, the screws were
loosened Tuesday when the
Student Administrative Commission decided to bring back jugs
of draft beer.
The commission also decided
upon a partial return to self-
service by allowing patrons to get
their own jugs from the bar.
Waiters will  continue  to  serve
bottled beer, draft beer in single
glasses and cider.
And SAC voted to switch its
brand of draft beer to Carling from
Things tightened up at the Pit
last November after the beer
parlor was closed temporarily
because of alleged rowdiness and
vandalism caused by Pit
Under the old system, customers
bought tokens and then went to the
bar for their drinks. Under the
controlled system, patrons continued to buy tokens but had to
have waiters bring their refreshments.
The 1.6 litre jugs re-entered
service Wednesday at three
tokens, or $2.25, each.
"We did this because of all the
complaints   about   Pit   service,"
Student unions consider bank boycott
WINNIPEG (CUP) — The University of
Manitoba student union is considering withdrawing its money from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce due to that bank's
loans to the government of South Africa.
At its conference in Calgary last month, the
National Union of Students (NUS) passed a
motion calling on student unions to withdraw
their money from the Bank of Commerce, the
Royal Bank, the Bank of Montreal, and the
Toronto Dominion Bank because these banks
have loaned money to the government of
South Africa.
And the UBC student representative
assembly is considering withdrawing Alma
Mater Society funds from the Bank of Montreal, student board of governors representative Moe Sihota said Wednesday.
The SRA has tabled a motion to investigate
withdrawing their funds until a group
protesting the Bank of Montreal's South
Africa policies has addressed them later this
month, Sihota said.
The Manitoba action will influence UBC's
position on the withdrawal of funds, he said.
"The University of Manitoba decision will
probably play a role in our decision," Sihota
AMS president John DeMarco said Wednesday the amount of money involved could
not be estimated because AMS funds fluctuate in the school year.
According to John Loxley, an economics
professor at the U of M, the four banks are
members of an international consortium of
banks which has loaned approximately $3
billion to the government of South Africa.
Loxley said that the banks are very secretive
about this consortium and refuse to release
the details of the operation.
SAC chairman Paul Sekhon said
"Now, if you don't want to wait
you can just go to the counter."
Sekhon said SAC wants to place
the beer suppliers on yearly
rotation. "SAC decided last night
to change from Molson's draft to
Carling O'Keefe," he said.
"We thought we'd give all the
companies a chance."
Sekhon said SAC wants to try
Labatt's draft next.
Alma Mater Society president
John DeMarco said Wednesday the
draft switch has nothing to do with
this fall's beer company
promotions on campus.
"Molson's has been spending
more than anybody," DeMarco
"There has been discussion in
SAC regarding promotion (by beer
companies) in the Pit," Sekhon
"Gary Glover from Carting's, a
commerce student, and Brent
Tynan   of  Molson's   have   been
buying tokens at cash registers . . .
See page 3: SAC Page 2
Thursday, November 17, 1977
'Tween classes
Film on the San Diego wild animal
park, noon, Bio 2361.
Introductory    lecture,   noon,   SUB
Talk    and    slide    presentation    on
dental hygiene, noon, IRC 1.
Information   booth  open,  noon   to
1:30 p.m., SUB concourse.
Christians   In   the   academic  world,
noon, SUB 205.
Homophlle    meeting,    noon,    SUB
Attn* maniacs:
snow's vp
The snow is here and some hills
are open for suicidal maniacs who
like to attach skinny boards to
their feet and plunge down steep
If you're one of them, why not
join the UBC ski club? Among the
advantages is the club cabin at
Whistler mountain. For a nominal
sum club members can stay in a
warm, cozy building and get to
the hill early enough to beat the
gondola lineups.
Another advantage is you can
meet other ski maniacs. If you're
interested, talk to the people running the club booth in the SUB
concourse. They'll be there today
and Friday from noon to 1:30
p.m. Or you can drop up to the
office in SUB 210.
Lecture by veterinary practitioner,
noon, MacMI 158.
Dan Gardener speaks on Our Spirit
Knit With God's Spirit, 7:30 p.m.,
Lutheran Campus Centre lounge.
Speaker on Nuclear Fusion: Unlimited Energy for the Future,
noon, Hennings 201.
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
Speakers Don MacLeod, Nell
Graham and Thena Ayres, noon,
Chem 250.
Israeli poetry, noon, Freddy Wood
Photography exhibition, until Friday, 10 a.m.'to 3:30 p.m., SUB art
The film Lovejoy, noon, Scarfe 210.
General meeting, noon, SUB 212A.
General meeting, noon, SUB 212.
Informal   discussion   on  the  Baha'l
faith, noon, SUB 113.
Executive meeting,  noon, Graduate
Student Centre committee room.
Folk     night,     8     p.m.,     Graduate
Student Centre garden room.
4857 Kingsway, Burnaby
Big or Small Jobs
also garages
Dr. Park Davidson on Future Developments for Clinical Psychology
In Canada, noon, Angus 321.
General meeting, noon, SUB 215.
John Hodge speaks on Phlllplans,
6:30  p.m.,   Regent  College lounge.
General meeting, noon, SUB 251.
Free style disco and draw for
Whistler pass, 8 p.m., SUB party
Shimon Levy on the Image of Israel
In Modern Hebrew Poetry, noon,
Hillel House.
La conversation Informale, noon,
International House.
Guest lecture by Chinese author
Han Suyln, 8 p.m., Orpheum
Executive meeting, noon, SUB
Weekly student fellowship, noon,
SUB 205.
Lap I   L
apri f izza
Campus Delivery
| 224-6336 |
4450 W. 10th AVE.
^teah ^rri
Fully Licensed
Pizza in 29 Styles
Choice of 3 Sizes
Special Italian Dishes
Hours: Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. - Sunday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
An Admissions Representative from
Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration
will be on campus
Wednesday, November 23, 1977
to meet with students interested in
the two-year MBA Program
Contact the
Career Planning and Placement Center
for more details and to sign up for
an information session.
Harvard Business School is committed to
the principle of equal educational opportunity
and evaluates candidates without regard to
race, sex, creed or national origin.
il Candia Taverna $f
228-9512 aHT^m  228-9513
m FAST FREE DELIVERY - 4510 W. 10th Ave.
RATES:   Campus - 3 lines, 1 day $1.50; additional lines 35c
Commercial — 3 lines, 1 day $2.50; additional lines
50c, Additional days $2.25 and 45c.
Classified ads are not accepted by telephone and are payable in
advance. Deadline is 11:30 a.m., the day before publication.
Publications Office, Room 241, S.U.B., UBC, Van., B.C. V6T 1W5
5 — Coming Events
and Pizza Garden! All the pizza you
can eat $1.99 WITH ARTS CARD,
$2.99 without. Buchanan Lounge/
Friday 4 p.m.
HAN SUYIN — Authoress Scholar —
Speaking at the Orpheum, Sunday,
November 20. Tickets selling in SUB
Concourse, noon all week.
JOIN AN ACTION ORIENTED environmental club. Earthforce campus memberships available daily in SUB,
ground floor.
10 — For Sale — Commercial
Panther skates $53.50: Down Ski
jackets $31.95 up; Ladles Figure
Skates $27.95; Dunlop Maxply squash
racquet frames $22.50; Converse hl-
cut runners $19.95; Cotton and nylon
jogging suits $16.95. Visit Community
Sports, 3610 West 4th Ave. 733-1612.
11 — for Sale — Private
portable cassette tape recorder and
record player. Ideal for music or
elementary education. $85.00. Negotiable.  733-0152.
'«5 OLDS DELTA 88 P.S., P.B. New
Snow Tires. Ex. Mech. Cond. S400.
OBO. 731-87S8.
20 — Housing
70 — Service*
pianos. Top quality work, reasonable
rates. Phone Paul 224-5686.
80 — Tutoring
PREPARE for the December LSAT with
the Law Board Review Centre's Intensive LSAT Weekend Review. For
further information give us a call
toll-free at 800-663-3381.
PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT needs tutoring in Psych 316. Preferably a Psych
Major. 3 hrs. a week. Phone 224-5067.
85 — Typing
FAST ACCURATE TYPIST will do typing at home. Standard rates. Please
phone after 3:00 p.m., 2630286.
FAST,   EFFICIENT   TYPING   near   41at
and Marine. 266-5063.
EXCELLENT       TYPING.       Reasonable
rates. Call 731-1807, 12 noon to 9 p.m.
FAST     EFFICIENT    TYPING     campus
pickup/delivery. 263-8506 evenings.
90 - Wanted
25 — Instruction
SPANISH     CLASSES.    Beginners    as
advanced Contact Bertha 738-3868.
30 — Jobs
and ski the Rockies this Christmas?
If so, we are looking for temporary
help over Christmas and the New
Year in Housekeeping, Dining Rooms,
etc. Send resume to Personnel Manager Banff Springs Hotel, Banff,
Alta.' TOL OEO.	
NIGHT WORKING single parent desperately needs babysitter to be available
from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Four nights
per week includine weekends. Please
phone Deborah 4:30 p.m. 734-3768.
50 — Rentals
35 - Lost
65 — Scandals
weeks including Mexico, Puerto Rleo,
Bermuda return, with another student. Call 228-9804.
WANTED PERSONS to form group to
bulk buy McBee Keysort Card, Form
108. Phone 684^7820 evenings.
99 — Miscellaneous
Alumni Chronicle
photography contest
for UBC students
Full details at
Speakeasy, SUB
or call the
Alumni Office, 228-3313
Arts Undergrad Society loses money
at the $1.99 All-You-Can-Eat—Pizza
Gardens are absolutely true! You are
what you eat — Eat Arts!
Try this weekend's Subfilms presentation "The 7% Solution".
trip. Phone Howard. 732-5159. I
=li=li=li=ar=ii=n=n=Ji=Ji=ir=Jf Thursday, November 17, 1977
Page 3
C'tee choice taken
from students' fed
The provincial government has
taken away the right to choose
student members of the student
loans appeals committee from the
B.C. Students' Federation.
"This year the (student)
members of the loan appeal
committee have been chosen by
the government," student services
provincial co-ordinator Dean
Clarke said Wednesday.
BCSF spokeswoman Karen Dean
said Wednesday that many BCSF
members think the government did
not like student committee
members chosen by the federation
in previous years.
Clarke said the education
ministry, which administers
student loans, asked colleges and
universities and institutes to send
nominations for student representatives.
Dean said the federation attempted to fight what members
thought was an undermining of its
power by asking all institutes,
colleges and universities to submit
the names of the two people chosen
in September by the federation —
UBC student arts senator Paul
Sandhu and Camosun College
student Don Hunsell.
She said the plan was not as
great a success as the federation
had hoped because McGeer has the
final say in the matter and can
appoint whomever he chooses.
Clarke said one student each
from a college, university and
institute has been appointed.
"Obviously   the   ministry   has
Kenny dumps on
McGeer scheme
From page 1
The projects, he estimates,
would "generate an operating
ongoing commitment of approximately five per cent of the
capital cost."
Kenny concludes the letter with a
suggestion that the ministry
provide funds for the improvements.
"I welcome the initiative you
have taken in this matter and I look
forward to the provision of
adequate funding for these 'cleanup' projects," the letter states.
Kenny said the university submitted its specific proposals to the
SAC backs
jug revival
From page 1
and passing out tokens. 'Here, buy
a cold one.'
"It's just an idea, but we're
thinking of saying 'leave the Pit
alone and work through undergraduate societies. That way you'd
spread it (freebies) around to more
people.' "
The changes have the RCMP's
sanction. Sgt. Al Hutchinson, head
of the RCMP's UBC detachment,
told Pit manager Tor Svanoe in a
recent letter that "you are at
liberty to adopt any means of
serving that is permitted under the
B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing
Act regulations.. ."
"Our concern is that you monitor
the situation and retain a
reasonable atmosphere and
standard of conduct.
"To be specific, there is no law
against serving beer in jugs, self-
service is permissible and,
governed by your own
management policy, chanting and
singing are not specifically
prohibited by law."
ministry in February but has yet to
get a response.
Tbe campus clean-up project is
"fine" if money is available and
academic interests are realized,
UBC administrative services vice-
president Chuck Connaghan said
"There has never been any
money to clean up these 'slums,' "
he said.
"Wehave always put as much as
possible into the academic enterprise."
UBC is allocated money in two
separate budgets — one for annual
operating funds and another for
capital projects. Under legislation
introduced by the Socred government last year, capital projects are
funded through borrowing approved by the universities council
and the cabinet.
Operating funds come from an
annual grant from government
revenues. The five-year plans
submitted by UBC, SFU and UVic
will be used to plan borrowing for
capital projects.
"It is a well-established fact at
this university that the highest
amount of money goes into
academic pursuits," Connaghan
"We're fully aware of the areas
that need upgrading."
Alma Mater Society president
John DeMarco also criticized
"McGeer is moreconcerned with
what the university looks like to
tourists driving through than to the
quality of education," he said
"McGeer's not worried if tuition
fees go up or class sizes increase.
"He's just concerned that the
parking lots don't look nice.
DeMarco said he thinks this
concern with what he called
"campus cosmetics" is unfortunate because it ignores
academic quality.
chosen people not recommended
by the BCSF," Dean said.
"Either some of the schools sent
in names other than the ones we
asked them to or the ministry
chose some students on its own."
Clarke said the names will not be
released until education minister
Pat McGeer has approved them.
McGeer must also approve other
membersof the appeals committee
who are drawn from the loans
committee and from student aid
officers at various institutions.
Clarke said the loans committee,
comprised of three representatives
from the ministry and two from
institutions has chosen the
members of the loans appeal
committee but the selections
cannot be announced until they are
reviewed by the ministry.
The committee is made up of
three students, two awards officers
and two representatives from the
ministry. Only the awards officers
and the students have voting
But, Clarke said, few cases
judged by the appeals committee
ever require a vote because the
committee usually makes a
unanimous decision.
Once McGeer has approved the
committee members, the committee will meet monthly or as
often as necessary. It will be in
operation until August.
Federation members complained that although the committee will be in existence until
August it has been formed too late.
"This is typical of the provincial
government," federation
spokesman Gordon Bell said
"They never get anything done."
But Clarke said the committee
was not necessary until recently
because it only deals with final
appeals, not appeals made of
initial awards.
Appeals of initial awards are
dealt with by the loans committee.
Clarke said that usually about 75
per cent of these students are given
the amount they asked for
—matt king photo
"CORNER POCKET," grunts pool shark Brian Ecclstone, science 1, as
he takes aim at cue ball in SUB pool hall Wednesday. Ecclstone, lured
away from books by sinful sport, managed to avoid having thumbs
broken by angry opponents.
Voters clash at UEL meeting
The election of a regional district
representative for the University
Endowment Lands is turning into a
fight between ratepayers and
tenants, despite efforts by both
candidates to draw broad support
in the community.
At a public meeting Tuesday
night, tenants, supporting candidate Jane Corcoran for the UEL
seat on the Greater Vancouver
Regional District, and ratepayers,
supporting the incumbent representative, Iva Mann, argued back
and forth for most of the evening.
The majority of the audience of
about 120 appeared to have made
up their minds before the meeting
Both candidates urged residents
to work together toward attaining
self-government for the UEL.
"I don't know how to convince
you to work together. We can only
take control through the exercise
of political strength," Corcoran
said. "How much longer must we
suffer under the status quo?"
Mann said she favors municipal
status for the UEL and anticipates
no problems getting it from the
provincial government.
"I've taken steps to inform the
government that the UEL wants to
control its own affairs. I don't think
Garbage study gets research grant
A garbage dump study is the recipient of a
large chunk of a recent research grant made
to UBC.
The $112,000 grant, announced Nov. 7 by the
attorney-general's office and the education
ministry, will fund six engineering projects.
The garbage dump study, which will
receive from $40,000 to $45,000, is a four-year
project that was allocated $50,000 by the
government last year.
Assistant civil engineering professor
Robert Cameron, who heads the project, said
the study involves a garbage dump at the
south end of campus.
Ihe   grant   will   fund   three   full-time
technicians, graduate students and expensive
chemical analyses, Cameron said. The
project workers measure rainfall over the
dump and analyze leachates — dissolved
materials in the soil.
Cameron is interested in the types of
leachates that develop from the refuse. He is
attempting to determine how long the garbage dump will be a problem and how
leachates could be treated so they are environmentally safe.
Another research grant will go to an environmental engineering project that is
engaged in finding ways to remove trace
organic materials such as pesticides from
Another grant, totalling about $35,000, has
been awarded to a water resources research
program headed by associate civil
engineering professor Samuel Russell.
The rest of the $112,000 has been allocated to
the following:
• a grant of $11,040 to the study of particle
collection in packed beds and the purchase of
an aerosol generator which will be given to
the provincial government after the study is
• a $6,740 grant for the development of
fluidized bed claus reactors; and
• a $2,220 grant for the analysis of ambient
air data.
we're going to have to have too
much negotiation," she said.
Corcoran said that municipal
status may present problems for
UEL residents. "I've always had
reservations against municipal
status protecting the community,"
she said.
Tne UEL should consider all the
implications of becoming a
municipality before asking the
government for municipal status,
Corcoran said.
Mann said municipal status is
the only form of self-government
UEL residents should consider, but
that the GVRD cannot deal with
the issue.
"The GVRD has nothing to do
with getting municipal status," she
said. "The provincial government
does the planning for the UEL."
But Corcoran said the GVRD
does have a say in making the UEL
a municipality.
"Municipal status is involved
because it is a planning activity.
The GVRD is responsible for
regional planning," she said.
Audience members got involved
in numerous arguments about
campaign expenditures, traffic
control problems, communication
between Mann and the UEL
community and the problems of
municipal status.
One resident, UBC education
professor John Dennison, said the
UEL community should be united
in trying to achieve self-
government. Page 4
Thursday, November 17, 1977
Keep talking, Doug
We have been very pleased lately with
administration president Doug Kenny.
This week he has come out swinging
against the provincial and federal governments, who he said are jeopardizing higher
education in B.C. with callous hold-the-line
fiscal policies. That is just what we've been
saying for years, especially about the
provincial government.
Such talk is music to our ears. Prior to
his speech Monday , before the Vancouver
Board of Trade, Kenny had been relatively
quiet, apparently content with trying to
wrest more money from the Socreds in
Victoria  through   backroom complaints.
From his occasional thickly-veiled
mutterings about low funding, it was clear
that Kenny was unhappy with Socred fiscal
policies which have forced students to pay at
least 25 per cent more this year for a lower
standard of education.
Kenny has also been unhappy about
lowering levels of research funding. While
research funds do not immediately affect
students, they do finance an important part
of what a university does, and provide
employment for many people. As Kenny
said, research plays an important part in
establishing Canada's independence.
And to show that the sentiments
expressed  in Monday's speech were not a
fluke, Kenny told education minister Pat
McGeer, part of the Socred bunch that is
choking off operating "funds to UBC, to
forget his plans to beautify the campus until
our academic needs are met. Great.
The Ubyssey has rarely had kind words
for Kenny. So little that some people have
spread the fallacy that we oppose Kenny no
matter what he does. That isn't true, because
we have criticized Kenny for what we
believe are good reasons.
We don't agree with everything Kenny
said in his Monday speech. But on the
occasions Kenny takes a stand we agree with
in general, we are glad to praise him for it.
We are not vain enough to believe that
his new hard line comes as a result of our
complaints or those of others. But he has
probably realized that UBC is suffering
because the Socreds (and federal Liberals)
have made a cynical calculation that starving
higher education will not cost votes.
While wisely not taking a partisan
stance, Kenny is finally aggressively selling
UBC and making quite clear his feelings on
the government's policies of neglect.
If this toughness and the newfound
openness to the press continues, Kenny may
find himself more popular because UBC, and
by implication, students and faculty, are
bound to benefit.
/oo called a Plumber
MR. RRiME Minister ?
Reality for women is not as nice as writer believes
We would like to address ourselves to a recent article in The
Ubyssey, Women given 'special
status' (Nov. 10) by 1,. Smit.
The thrust of Smit's article
seems to be that women in our
society are given special status, to
which they are not entitled. This
assumption reflects a rather naive
perception of our society. Unfortunately, reality is not as nice as
Smit would have us believe;
women continue to be discriminated against in almost every
aspect of our society.
And yes, Smit, there is
discrimination at UBC.
Smit questions the necessity and
even the validity of the existence of
a dean of women's office, which
provides services for women only.
Following this line of thought to its
logical conclusion, we would like to
ask Smith how s/he feels about the
health,services at UBC, for they
too discriminate against people in
general by providing their services
for only those students who are
This is not to imply that women
are ill, it is merely to point out that
they, in an analogous way, are at a
disadvantage in our modern world.
"Ibe dean of women's office attempts to correct the inequities
women face at UBC and to focus
attention on the problems confronting them.
Having been at UBC for approximately two months now,-1
cannot say I have received a very
favorable first impression of this
university's undergraduate
engineers. A segment of this group
seems to get its jollies directly
from the degree of disturbance and
annoyance it causes in the community. Is it just a minority who
condone or participate in such
"mischievous" antics as the
harassment of Bimini picketers
reported in the Nov. 8 Ubyssey?
If so, I suggest the responsible
majority begin policing the
miscreants in their ranks, lest they
succeed in convincing the rest of us
that there really is an "engineering
Leon Kolankiewicz
graduate studies
Smit also bewails the fact that
there is no dean of men. We would
like to point out that 11 out of the 12
deans at UBC are men. Although
none of them is specifically titled
'dean of men' it is obvious that the
male point of view is well
represented. We wonder how the
dean of women feels when she, representing nearly half the campus
population, faces this slightly overbalanced group, as the sole
proponent of the female viewpoint.
The crux of Smit's article is that
women are being given an unfair
advantage at this university
through special allocation of
monies, special programs, special
library collections, special offices,
in sum, special treatment. We
would like to note that the adjective 'special' would not be
necessary if women were
adequately represented in these
areas in die first place.
Smit goes on to say that
". . .women do not want to be equal
within the job market (as persons
working with other persons) but
rather they seek to conquer the job
Ibis sounds almost convincing
until one remembers that women
are not the equals of men in the job
market, never have been and
unless measures are taken, never
will be. Of course we want to be
equals in the job market, and it
would be nice if employers simply
regarded men and women as
"persons working with other
persons." Sadly, they do not.
TTie most insidious statement the
author makes in the article is
her/his correlation of the two
facts: that unemployment in
Canada is growing and that
women, because of the dean of
women's proposed internship
program, will be taking jobs away
from that shrinking market.
Taking the jobs away from
whom, L. Smit? Surely you don't
object to a qualified woman filling
a post? And remember, L. Smit,
the woman in question is filling the
post, not just collecting a salary.
Recall, too, the practice of internship for future doctors and
articling for law students. There
are no howls of protest about these
intern programs, yet it could be
argued that the interns and articling students are taking away
perfectly good jobs from
paramedics and legal assistants.
Further, what is the objection to
employers_ knowing the "quality
and kind of person" they are
thinking of hiring? Surely any
employer has this right? If the
internship program provides this
kind of information, how can it be
called non-objective?
But it is the last paragraph that
L. Smit  reveals  how  little un-
NOVEMBER 17, 1977
Published Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the
university year by the Alma Mater Society of the University of
B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the AMS
or the university administration. Member, Canadian University
Press. The Ubyssey publishes Page Friday, a weekly commentary
and review. The Ubyssey's editorial office is in room 241K of the
Student Union Building. Editorial departments, 228-2301;
Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Chris Gainor
"Burn down the Burro! Out with the Georgia Straight pseudo-hlpples!"
screamed the savage Marcus "the Match" Gee, who had just discovered fire.
"Burn Kathy "Older Model" Ford's bra," yelled Chris "Gunner" Gainor.
"Fan the fire, bring the boiling oil," added Bill "Flame-out" Tieleman. Mike
"Macho" Bocking bragged with Idle threats of bodily harm and Tom "the
Hulk" Hawthorn threatened Heather "Cold Power" conn with a haircut.
Matt "Kong" King beat his hairy chest after a round of liquid lunch and
offered to fight Heather "Wonder Woman" Walker. Steve "Horrible"
Howard tried to use Tom "Bulldog" Barnes as a tackling dummy but Bob
"Killer" Krleger knocked him to the ground while Sylvana "Deadly" DI
Glacomo devastated the staff with her witty remarks. But the vicious
newslders finally called a truce to prepare for Thursday's holy crusade
against the Infidel Pooftas. Remember, survivors will party at Merrllee's on
Saturday and the walking wounded will commiserate at the Gee residence
staff meeting Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
derstanding s/he has of the
situation, both at university and in
the job market. Some thought is
indeed being given to the integration of males and females as
persons seeking higher education
and job placement. The whole
purpose of intern programs, such
as the one proposed by the dean of
women, is to ensure a more
equitable balance of the sexes in
these areas.
But pray tell us, Mr. or Ms. Smit,
what exactly you mean by ". . .the
integration of males and females
as persons in. their perspective
We would also like to take this
opportunity to acknowledge that
yes, we do know that everything is
not all right with the male
population as regards awareness.
Have yoUever considered joining a
consciousness-raising group?
Susan Ursel
arts 2
Kate Andrew
fine arts
Nukes are dangerous, Alex
Tuesday's issue of The Ubyssey carried a front page story about NDP
MLA Alex MacDonald and his thoughts about nuclear energy development for British Columbia.
Before MacDonald starts chattering away, he should check his facts.
Nuclear technology is a dangerous business and they who would have us
adopt it should understand its history.
MacDonald is quoted as saying, "there has been no loss of life in the development of nuclear energy."
During the early 60s, an SL-1 reactor exploded in Idaho, killing three
men. The bodies were so radioactive that the heads and hands were
buried with nuclear waste material and the remainder of the corpses
were interred in lead-lined coffins.
In 1966, the Enrico Fermi reactor outside of Detroit, Michigan experienced a melt-down. No lives were lost but it was very very close.
In 1974, workers at the Kerr-McGee nuclear facility were exposed to
excessive doses of radiation. Karen Silkwood, one of the exposed
Oklahoma workers had all the furniture in her apartment destroyed by
the Atomic Energy Commission because her belongings were "hot." Silk-
wood herself died a short time after while en route to an interview with
the New York Times. An investigation into her death is now being conducted a s there is evidence that her car was forced off the road and over a
I could list other accidents like Chalk River or Port Hope, Ontario.
Explosions, melt-downs, jammed fuel rods, human error have all happened and will continue to happen as long as nuclear reactor construction
Another fact which nuclear proponents consistently ignore is that
reactors have a limited life of 30 to 40 years at the most after which the
building housing the reactor becomes too hot. The reactor then must be
abandoned and another built. The old reactor must be guarded to protect
the unwary public from becoming too close to the site. The site will then
remain off-limits to all life forms for 30,000 years.
The CANDU reactor, Canada's gift to the world, has already provided
the atomic bomb to India i and thanks to our generous donations, South
Korea and Argentina will soon join the big bomb club.
Plutonium is a target for terrorists. Many pounds of plutonium have
already disappeared and remain unaccounted for. When you consider
that an ounce of plutonium could destroy the population of Vancouver by
simply scattering the lethal dust into the wind, then you can begin to
realize the horrific scope of the problem.
MacDonald is uninformed and his ideas are more dangerous than he
himself realizes.
TTie best place for uranium is in the ground.
Paul Watson
executive director
Earthforce Environmental Society Thursday, November 17, 1977
Page 5
Quebec: one year after Nov. 15
Most Canadians will never forget how
they first reacted when they learned of the
astonishing Parti Quebecois victory on
November 15, 1976.
On that night a year ago, the Quebec
electorate voted in favor of their first
separatiste government. It was to mark a
new era in Ottawa/Quebec relations.
Many Quebecers were ecstatic. Wild
celebrations took place in all parts of
French Quebec, from Old Montreal to the
Lower Town in Quebec City.
Pierre Vallieres, author of the original
separatiste bible, Les Negres Blancs
d'Amerique (White Niggers of America),
regarded the PQ victory as the culmination
of the struggle against the colonizing effect
and yoke under which Quebec had been held
for more than 200 years.
The PQ was regarded by many as being
the final saving force of the Quebecois
Now, a year later, the first stirrings of discontent from the French population are
being felt. The honeymoon between the PQ
and the Quebec people is rapidly
diminishing, as many Quebecers have
begun to demand that the PQ fulfill its many
appealing social and economic electoral
In understanding the PQ victory, it is of
extreme importance to view the pre-election
mood in the province.
At that time, the Liberals were a dying
party and electoral force. Almost every
action of Robert Bourassa's government
was met with strong opposition from both
the media and the general public.
The poorly contrived Bill 22 and the infamous Bin 23, which outlawed strikes or
walkouts on the part of teachers, hospital
workers and other public employees, only
served to antagonize Liberal supporters.
Public opinion polls indicated that Liberal
support was hovering about 30 per cent.
The Olympic stadium bungling, the horse
meat scandals, and the many governmental
scandals were all examples of Liberal
At the same time, the PQ was acting as a
very effective official opposition. By the
time the election was called, the PQ undoubtedly smelled blood.
Stymied electorally in 1970 and 1973, the
PQ was anxious to finally achieve the victory they had sought since their formation in
In an earlier party convention, the PQ had
decided to replace their philosophy of immediate separation following a PQ victory
with the policy of the referendum.
The benefits of this action were more than
evident in 1976.
The Quebec electorate, faced with the only
other alternative option of supporting an
inefficient and corrupt administration,
decided that the PQ was the only party
capable of running the province.
The PQ decision to promise a referendum
on independence unquestionably aided their
political position. Voters sympathetic to the
basic social goals of the PQ but who were
federalists regarded this situation as the
opportunity to replace an anti-labor, big
business government.
It is important to note that Quebec has
historically been devoid of a viable leftist
party in the political spectrum. The
Liberals, l'Union Nationale, die now defunct
Parti Nationale Populaire, and the
Creditistes are all parties of the right.
Being as the CCF/NDP has never been a
political force either provincially or
federally in Quebec, an obvious void existed.
When ths PQ was formed in 1968, the party
Tom Hawthorn is a Ubyssey writer who
hails from Montreal and still follows events
in his home province with great interest.
Freestyle is a column of opinion, analysis
and humor written by Ubyssey staffers.
Support for the Parti Quebecois
is waning as the economy worsens
membership voted to ensure that the new
parry was to fulfill leftist goals.
As a result, and I quote from 1973 and 1976
campaign literature, the PQ wished to
extend social community resources, give
labor increased power and position, increase family allowances, solve both the
educational and economical problems
facing CEGEPs and universities, reduce unemployment, and to accomplish a host of
other "socialist" goals.
There really is no question that the PQ's
popularity was established as a result of
these greatly needed policies.
Quebec in 1976 was obviously in extremely
poor economic shape. Unemployment was
higher than in any other North American
region, except for the Maritimes. The
province had massive debts from the
Olympic construction, the James Bay
project, and from other governmental expenditures. Labor unions were striking
daily,  as  everyone  from  teachers,  bus
t solved economic problems
drivers and gravediggers struck sometime
during the Bourassa administration.
Quebec's lost man hours through strike
activity were rivalled only by Italy in the
western world.
The Parti Quebecois was to be the
messiah that was to lead the Quebecois out
of this devastating economic and social
Or so the people thought.
In looking back on the PQ's first year in
office, it is quite simple to define the
government's primary goal. There is no
question about it, the PQ is dedicated to the
establishment of a sovereign and
autonomous Quebec state.
Premier Rene Levesque's recent trip to
France is evidence of this. So are
Levesque's weekly attacks on Ottawa's
involvement in Quebec affairs. In fact, the
PQ is already preparing for the proposed
spring referendum of 1979.
Independence is a goal that the PQ and
Levesque are determined to achieve.
The effect of so much governmental attention devoted to the question of Quebec
independence is becoming quite evident in
both public reaction and opinion polls.
Increasing numbers of Quebecers believe
that their problems are being ignored.
As a Gallup poll indicated last week, 59
per cent cf the Quebec population believed
that unemployment, inflation and the
economy were to be the important issue in
the next federal election. Only 37 per cent
thought Quebec separation and national
unity were the paramount issue.
Astonishingly, the Quebec sample was the
least concerned with separation!
A recent survey released by the CBC's 90
Minutes Live program indicated 58 per cent
of the Quebec population was dissatisfied
with the PQ's economic accomplishments.
A Carleton School of Journalism poll
showed 49 per cent of Quebecers were
concerned with the economy and unemployment more than any other issue.
Quebec's problems today are economic
ones. Unemployment this winter will approach 15 per cent in the province, while
some regions with seasonal economies will
have to face upward of 50 per cent unemployment.
Little more than a week ago, more than
1,000 Quebec students protested high tuition
fees. PQ education minister Jacques-Yvan
Morin's speech was drowned out with shouts
of "Parti Quebecois, Parti Bourgeois." A
year ago, French student protests against
the PQ government would have been unthinkable.
Labor leaders are also beginning to stir.
The PQ has already had to replace their first
labor minister, while the current one is
having a difficult time convincing the trade
unions to cut back on demands. Again, it
would have been unheard of a year ago for
the unions to be fighting with the PQ.
Levesque sells out
A recent editorial in the McGill Daily,
student newspaper of McGill University,
Montreal, written by editor Daniel Bayer.
The Parti Quebecois has been in power
for almost a year. Despite the enactment
of a strong and, among francophones,
popular language law, the PQ has failed to
enact any significant reforms.
The government's "progressive" labor
policies have not won die support of the
labor force, organized or unorganized.
Private enterprise has led a very effective
and low key campaign against the PQ and
has continually lorded the threat of crisis
over the government. In short, the PQ has
been ineffective in dealing with Quebec's
strongly established social blocs.
AU these losses in the social area can be
largely attributed to the terrible performance of premier Rene Levesque and
his government in the political area. More
than anything, the PQ victory was an
emotional and proud assertion of Quebec
nationalism — the historic right that the
people of this province should be masters
of their own fate.
It was that area in which the main battle
should have taken place. Levesque should
have made it clear to the people of this
province that they would have to make an
historic sacrifice necessary for the survival of a way of life. Instead, he found il
more important to convince Wall Street
that he wasn't going to rock the boat.
Levesque is clearly dedicated to a
democratic path. He could haw, and
perhaps still can, provide strong leadership without abusing his powers In the
week following the election, he could have
appealed directly to people for support by
stating frankly what everyone knew: that
^there were going to be threats, flights of
capital and murmurs of violence and
sabotage from the anglophone community.
In fact, he should have laid it on the line
that the immediate future would not see
marked improvements because the
establishedpowerswould as always, try to
undermine any government which
proclaims progressive social action.
Despite all the popular feeling that be
evoked among French-speaking
Quebecers, Levesque has not addressed
that sector of the population even once. He
has gone to New York twice and has appeared on TV with English parents but he
still has to seriously set out his goals to his
constituency. His detractors accuse him of
creating uncertainty, yet he still has to
declare himself. As long as Quebec fails to
take a clear stance, it will lose out.
The federal government is more than
happy to have Levesque dilly-dally around
Ix-cause as long as they can hold him up to
criticism less attention will be focused on
their own disastrous performance, which
is turning Canada's economy into one of
the weakest in the industrialized world,
despite our obvioas wealth.
This country lacks the political basis
necessary to ronstruct a strategy that will
satisfy cultural, economic and social
demands. No one seems capable of doing
anything here except pass the buck. It is as
though, instead of a government, Canada
was ruled by a series of bickering opposition groups which are trying to blame
the other guy for the current malaise and
the obvious crisis tu come.
After one year, the PQ has fallen meekly
into place, dispelling a lot of hope that they
were a new and vigorous political force. It
can only be hoped that some constructive
thinking and action will emerge in the
coming referendum debate. j
Something is definitely stirring in the
province of Quebec, and it no longer is
support marching behind Levesque. The
woeful state of the Quebec economy is
slowly but surely strangling any form of
economic growth.
And with the movement of companies
from the province, the economy is not only
stagnated, but it has degenerated at a rate
that may be impossible to check.
But there are many questions which need
answering. First of all, why is Quebec's
economy, blessed as it is with abundant
natural resources, in such a pitiful state?
Why is unemployment so high with no
prospect of decreasing this winter? And, in
the midst of Canada's gravest constitutional
crisis, why are the Quebec people more
concerned about their own economic
stability rather than about Quebec
The answer is twofold: the PQ has been so
involved with the goal of sovereignty that
the economic problems have had to have
been ignored, and the Quebec people are
facing massive cost-of-living increases
without having any financial guarantees to
meet inflational demands.
The result has been that Quebec's
economic situation has worsened from what
it was under the Bourassa administration.
And withthePQ cabinet's decision to pursue
independence as part of the governmental
administration, it is unlikely new investors
will materialize in the near future.
Quebec is in for quite a few years of
economic difficulty.
The PQ, of course, regards Bill 101 as its
greatest accomplishment in the past year.
The Official Languages Act was met with a
good deal of approval by french-speaking
Quebecers. However, there are flaws in both
the constitution and implementation of the
See page 7: PQ Page 6
Thursday, November 17, 1977
Henneken Auto
Service—Repairs—Used Cars
8914 Oak St. (Oak £: Marine) 263-8121
Rugby 'Birds get Boot trophy
with expected win over UVic
Jim Burnam, who missed most
of last rugby season with a broken
jaw, scored three tries as a fired-
up UBC team won the annual Boot
trophy match for the ninth straight
time Tuesday.
The 'Birds rolled to a 33-12 win at
Thunderbird Stadium over an
outclassed University of Victoria
side. UBC has beaten Victoria
every year since the trophy was
first awarded in 1967, except in the
first year, in which the 'Birds beat
Simon Fraser University.
The Boot is awarded for an
annual match between UBC and
another university team.
But UBC coach Donn Spence
found the return to form of the
'Birds more satisfying than the
trophy win. Last Friday a favored
UBC team was lucky to salvage a
10-10 tie in McKechnie Cup round-
robin action against the Fraser
Valley reps.
"We weren't very sharp last
Friday, so it was relieving to come
up with a good game today," said
Spence. "Things weren't perfect
but this is closer to the way I expect us to play."
Prop Dennis Carson returned
from a two-game suspension by the
Vancouver Rugby Union and
shored up the 'Birds' small and inexperienced pack, helping UBC
play its best game of the season,
despite the fact of the slowness
with which the forwards got involved in the loose play.
Not only were the backs getting
the ball throughout the match, but
also the forwards had a running
attack which they had never before
Robin Russel and flanker Don
Carson led the charge on the
ground, both scoring tries, while
flanker Bill Collins joined in with
impressive, but short, runs.
Having established the running
game early, the UBC backs dictated the game's pace, penning the
Vikings deep in their end for the
first half.
Burnham scored the first UBC
points at 38 minutes and, with the
ice broken, a penalty goal by David
Whyte and another Burnham try,
converted by scrum half Preston
Wiley, quickly followed. Russel
lifted the score to 17-0 just before
the half when he broke a tackle and
sprinted 27 metres for a try.
The Vikings were unable to slow
UBC's momentum in the second
half. Whyte and centre Andrew
Bibby stood out as the 'Bird backfield dominated play. Don Carson,
Whyte and Burnham each scored
tries, and Whyte added a convert
before the Vikings could make a
Midway through the second half,
the 'Birds' impetus lagged and the
backfield play consisted of
clearing kicks into touch. The
Vikings took advantage of this
weakness and struck for three
unconverted tries, which pulled the
score to 27-12.
Whyte stopped the Viking offensive when he ran over for a try,
then finished the scoring with a
drop-kicked, old-style convert.
Because two of Victoria's tries
were scored on pushovers, one
from a scrum and the other from a
maul, it is apparent that the UBC
scrum is still weak.
But the win lifts the 'Birds' overall record to 7-1-1, which is not bad
for a team some thought was in a
rebuilding year.
The 'Birds meet the Vancouver
Rowing Club Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
in Vancouver Rugby Union first-
division play at UBC's Wolfson
Field (next to B lot). The Rowing
dub can still stop UBC from rising
to grab first place in the league and
take the Tisdale Cup.
Jock shorts
Shooting doubles, sprawling and
taking singles, UBC wrestlers will
meet U.S. No. 1 ranked Athletes in
Action Friday at 7:30 p.m. at War
Memorial Gym.
The Athletes in Action are ex-
collegiate U.S. competitors.
UBC's returnees include 1,977
Canadian collegiate champion
Craig Delahunt, Joe Machial,
Peter Farkas, Rob Lang and
Vance Coan.
On Saturday, the annual UBC
Freestyle Classic will be held all
day at War Memorial Gym.
Visitors include teams from B.C.,
Alberta, Washington, Idaho and
Playing tougher teams builds
experience, and the UBC Thunderbird soccer team will be well-
experienced after this season.
Currently in the B.C. Soccer
League first-division cellar, the
'Birds have a chance to start
climbing when they host Columbus
at 2 p.m. Saturday at Thunderbird
Talk to us about microcomputers.
If you're interested in microcomputers, we're the people you
should be talking to. We specialize in the small computer field,
and we handle some of the best, and least expensive hardware in the business, like Processor Technology and IMSAI.
What's more, we have people to help with software problems
when you have them. And we're right here in Vancouver,
so you can reach us when you need us.
For more information contact:
1548 W. 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. • 736-7474 and computers together.
for the Theatre Department's Production of
a new play
written and directed by Donald Soule
to be presented January 11-21
WEDNESDAY, November 16 (3:30-5:30 p.m.)
THURSDAY, November 17 (12:30-2:30 p.m.)
FRIDAY, November 18 (3:30-5:30 p.m.)
in Room 112 of the Frederic Wood Theatre Building
Things Are Looking Good
With Continuous
Wear Lenses
Only $19950
This offer expires Nov. 25th
Soft Contacts Available for $99.50
Perfect Vision Centre
1453 W. Broadway
^i 738-8414 0
a multi-media presentation of Israeli poetry
sponsored by Hillel House
readings by Joy Coghill & Shimon Levy
12:30 Thursday, Nov. 17
We are recruiting bright ambitious University
Grads for careers in Merchandising.
A comprehensive training program will be
provided to successful applicants over an initial
two year period leading to placement as a
Divisional Sales Manager in one of our retail
department stores.
Candidates must be available for placement in
various metropolitan centres of Canada. Ideally,
applicants should  be graduates with Bachelor of
•Commerce or BA grads (Economics, Social Science
or Geography majors).
If you are interested in Merchandising, come
have a talk with us. Contact the campus placement
office to arrange an appointment for an interview
to be held on campus November 21st and 22nd.
^iiTison'sUay, (Company, Thursday, November 17, 1977
Page 7
South Africa first public question put to large banks
I appreciate that Stuart Clark,
bank manager at the Bank of
Montreal, SUB, has entered into
Ihe debate concerning banking in
South Africa. I wish that he might
have addressed the issue of why
our banks in Canada invest money
in South Africa.
By this letter he seems to indicate that the banks have considerable concern for the development of all the people of South
Africa, including the blacks.
Economic boycotts would only
hinder this development according
to Clark.
I believe that the banks have
invested in South Africa, first of
all, in order to make money. This is
their primary goal and purpose.
Economic boycotts against South
Africa will only hurt them.
The question we face here is 'are
there enough people in Canada who
are willing to withdraw money
from the banks in disapproval of
their investments in South Africa
so that they are threatened at
home and will find it more advantageous to drop the profits
received from abroad to maintain
the profits received at home?' I
therefore wish to support the
banking boycott.
The second issue involved in this
question is one of corporate
responsibility. The banks of
Canada are primarily using the
capital of the people of Canada. Do
I not have a right and respon
sibility to ensure that the money
that I invest in a bank (meagre as
it may be) is used in ways which
will assist one's fellow man? Thus
there are other issues than profits
which must be considered.
The question arises 'will the
boycott work?' It is obvious that
the banks are upset by this banking
boycott. In the past few months
they have experienced severe
competition for new accounts.
They have offered new homes and
other prizes as incentives.
This demonstrates their anxiety
about accounts in Canada. There
are also rumors of the bank act
being changed to allow American
banks to compete in the market.
The big five would not be very
happy with this. This leads me to
believe that the bank policy may be
changed quickly if sufficient
pressure is brought to bear.
The banks are also afraid of this
issue in that they have enjoyed a
quiet Canadian public who have
accepted their policies without
question. Surely this issue of South
Africa and banking will be only the
first of many questions raised by
the Canadian public of these
corporate giants.
When the Bank of Montreal
announces publicly that it has
withdrawn its investments in South
Africa I shall be delighted to
reorder a mastercharge and to
reopen my account.
Don Johnson
Lutheran campus ministry
Economic sanctions have worked before
B of M busy oppressing
The Bank of Montreal was founded in 1817. It's been around a long time,
and has impeccable credentials when it comes to oppressing people.
In its early days the bank had extensive dealings with the two fur-
trading companies: the NorthWest Company and the Hudson's Bay
Company. In 1821 these two amalgamated to create a monopoly, the
better to control the lucrative fur trade in the western half of British
North America; the better to exploit the native people who actually
produced the pelts and could trade with no other company — on pain of
In 1873 Sir John A MacDonald's government was brought down by the
Pacific scandal, occasioned by dishonesty surrounding the dealings of the
CPR. George Stephen of the Bank of Montreal was one of the triumvirate
of movers back of the CPR. Donald Smith of the HBC was another. The
CPR got millions of acres of prime land and vast subsidies in aid of
railway construction.
From whom was this land taken?
Yes indeed, Stuart Clark from the Bank of Montreal, I've "considered
our own native people who were placed on reservations by our government; " furthermore, I've considered the role of big corpora tions such as
the HBC, the CPR and your very own Bank of Montreal in pushing
governments to formulate such land policies. George Etienne Cartier,
MacDonald's righthand man, was involved with the Bank of Montreal for
much of his life, and helped devise the repressive land policies which led
to two prairie rebellions.
Who was in part bankrolling the CPR and the HBC, both of which were
only too willing to rush troops and supplies to the prairies to suppress
native and Metis attempts to obtain self-determination and a fair land
deal in 1885?
You guessed it, Stuart baby, the good old B of M!
Funny you should mention the question of the franchise and the
existence of reservations here in Canada: those were precisely the
arguments used by South African ambassadors to the UN in the 1960s,
specifically addressing themselves to Canada.
Two wrongs don't make a right, Mr. Clark, and if your inference is that
similar things are happening here in our own backyard, in a way you are
absolutely correct. Let's be consistent as you yourself suggest — so why
don't you bastards pull out of Canada, too?
Stuart Clark of the Bank of Montreal says that
economic sanctions "... have been tried before in
other countries and failed." I know of at least one
instance, which occurred in my native land (which I
left in disgust in 1967) where this was not true.
Part of the reason for the collapse of the Confederate States of America in 1865 was a complete
lack of funds. Confederate money had become
worthless as the rebel government printed more and
more to meet its obligations. With no national income
to speak of, the Confederates could not buy the war
materiel they needed, and the rebellion was crushed.
Why did this happen, when the ante-bellum South
had been so rich? Very simple: few nations wanted to
buy Confederate cotton. Had England, for example,
traded with the South and bought more than a token
amount of cotton, the rebels would have prospered
economically and might very possibly have won the
American War between the states. Even the Northern naval blockade, effective as it might have been,
could not have withstood British naval might.
By not buying Southern cotton, the nations of the
world effectively decided the outcome of the
rebellion. What do we call this when one or many
nations refuse to buy the produce of another nation?
An economic boycott!
It does work, so let's get those dollars out of
Canadian banks investing in South Africa!
Robert M. Hunter
grad studies dropout '72
Tissues example of bookstore rip-offs
R. Marris
I would like to add my voice to
the howl of complaint about UBC
bookstore profits. Because of
previous experience with over-
inflated prices at this establishment, I generally avoid the
bookstore for purchases other than
books, but last week I was forced
by circumstance to buy a box of
Kleenex there.
The long, squat half-packs of
tissue in any brand usually cost
between 35 and 40 cents each at
Safeway, perhaps a little more at a
drug store. Can you imagine my
shock at seeing these same half-
packs of Scotties listed at 59 cents
each in the bookstore, which
professes to be non-profit?
By simple multiplication, this
means that the standard household
200-pack would be worth $1.18! If
this weren't bad enough, the
package was not the usual con
sumer variety, the one with the
birds on the box, but a "special
service pack" marked clearly on
two sides with "Not to be sold
through retail stores."
I can only assume that this
means the wholesale cost was
lower than normal because the
product is intended for hospitals
and other institutions. It appears
that the bookstore is not only
ripping off the unsuspecting
consumer to a ridiculous degree in
this case, but violating some kind
of retailing agreement as well,
lliis is non-profit?
J. N. Mason
English dept
Grievance c'tee formed
PQ pursues separation
With regard to recent stories in
The Ubyssey about problems at
International House, the board of
directors of International House at
its Nov. 10 meeting appointed a
grievance committee to gather
information and report back to the
The committee will meet some
time in the first or second week of
December. Those wishing to talk to
the committee or make submissions should contact George
Egerton, history department,
UBC. The board hopes that this
procedure will help clear up any
misunderstandings that have
arisen and rectify any problems
identified. „.      ,i
Biren Jha
International House
board of directors
From page 5
It was expected that a PQ victory would insure the
passing of anew language and education bill. Neither
Bill 65, the Union Nationale law granting freedom of
choice with regard to language, nor Bill 22, an inept
Liberal attempt to satisfy both English and French
Quebecers, were sufficient enough to meet the
demands of the growing pro-French factions.
There was an obvious desire by most Quebecers for
the French language to assume a more prominent
and important position in the everyday life of the
If Bill 101 was simply designed to meet this goal,
there would not have been much dissension among
English-Quebecers. However, the preamble to Bill
101 not only accuses English-speaking residents of
perpetrating "the colonization of Quebec," but also
places the impetus of unemployment on this same
I challenge the PQ to point out how the unemployed
teacher in Notre-Dame-de-Grace, or the post office
worker from St. Laurent could possibly be subjecting
85 per cent of the population.
The PQ and many pro-independence Quebecers
findit very easy to blame all of Quebec's problems on
Westmount and the English factor.
As such, thePQ with the implementation of Bill 101
state their determination to increase French representation in corporate executive positions. Well, this
may satisfy the political desires of the PQ, but it still
fails to show how increased executive francization
would do anything for the horrendous unemployment
Under the PQ's guidance, one economic elite would
merely be replacing another.
Other portions of the original bill are especially
ridiculous. Such things as the changing of English
place names, the unlawful use of English in
municipal council debates, and the sole use of French
in the courts really appear to be bordering on the
The manner in which the bill was brought to the
house also exemplifies the attitude of the PQ. When
Bill One was originally introduced, Levesque and
cultural affairs minister Camille Laurin promised to
allow public hearings to take place in order that the
government could see what the population opposed in
the bill.
Well, this example of democratic liberty was shortlived. As soon as Laurin bored of the debates (he
blamed it on the constant gripings of English-
Quebecers) the PQ decided to end the hearings.
In a display of parliamentary contempt equal in
Canadian history only to the federal Liberals' closing
of the pipeline debate, the PQ changed the wording a
little, gave the bill a new name, and presented it to
the National Assembly.
It would appear the PQ government's respect to
public opinion runs thin when their stance and
position on an issue are challenged.
Along with those "spontaneous" St. Jean Baptiste
Society demonstrations, such as the one which occurred at Mirabel airport welcoming Levesque from
his trip to France, the PQ has been attempting to
drum up nationalistic fervor among the Quebecois.
Most of the actions of the PQ government in its first
year of office have been done in an effort to promote
the validity and necessity of an independent Quebec.
The end result has been the PQ has either ignored
or passed responsibility to Ottawa on more immediately pressing economic issues. On Monday,
L*vesque blamed the federal government for the high
unemployment level in Quebec.
It truly does seem odd, perhaps even ridiculous,
that a premier in favor of independence would ignore
an issue and blame the problem on the federal
government. Sort of a contradiction of terms, you
might say.
And it is all too obvious who comes out behind after
all the shenanigans are over.
Queens University at Kingston
Master of
Queen's University at Kingston offers a modern,
discipline-based approach to the study of management in
the complex organizations of today and tomorrow. The
learning atmosphere in the School of Business is lively,
informal, intimate and flexible. Persons from almost all
academic programs will find MBA studies rewarding.
Financial assistance is available.
Professor J. C. Ellert
Chairman, MBA Program
School of Business, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
Please send information concerning Queen's MBA to
Name Graduating Year
Program Page 8
Thursday, November 17, 1977
li-4 ■»-;
■«■ ■
yl( EAST MALL  )     l(
Friday, November 18, 1977
at 12:30
mm wm m


Citation Scheme:


Citations by CSL (citeproc-js)

Usage Statistics



Customize your widget with the following options, then copy and paste the code below into the HTML of your page to embed this item in your website.
                            <div id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidgetDisplay">
                            <script id="ubcOpenCollectionsWidget"
                            async >
IIIF logo Our image viewer uses the IIIF 2.0 standard. To load this item in other compatible viewers, use this url:


Related Items