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Array SCARLETT FEVER
Johansson dishes on Woody, tiny dogs.
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ICE ICE BABY
T-Bird hockey hopes stomped by Bears.
Page 5
GIMME A "W?
We weigh in on the Woodward's plans.
Page 14
www.ubyssey.bc.ca
Vol.LXXXVII   N°23
Tuesday, 29 November, 2005
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"I live in this neighbourhood because I like it."
A stand-out piece of the mural alcove lighting up Carrall and Hastings: how will the new Woodward's impact the streets of the
Downtown Eastside? See page 7 for an in-depth look at what the City's got brewing, yinan max wang photo
UBC set to exceed its Kyoto targets
CK CHOI: Setting benchmarks for environmentally sound buildings. Claudia li photo
by Claudia Li
NEWS STAFF
In 2006, UBC will become the first university in
Canada to meet the Kyoto Protocol's goals. As per
the agreement, UBC will reduce its greenhouse gas
emissions by six per cent from 1990 levels.
UBC's drive for campus sustainability began
over ten years ago when former UBC President
David Strangway signed the TaUoires and
Halifax Declarations.
"When we signed the TaUoires and Halifax declarations, we committed to setting a good ecological, social and economic model for societies to follow. The basic part [of the declarations] is meeting
international agreements such as Kyoto and to
reduce carbon-dioxide emissions," said Ruth
Abramson, manager of communication at UBC's
Sustainabifity Office.
"If we can't do that then we're not doing a good
job," she added.
As a result of these declarations, UBC began
ecotrek, Canada's largest university energy and
water retrofit program in order to save energy,
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote a
more efficient campus.
The project is slated for completion next year
and involves retrofitting aU buildings, old and new.
Air, heating and fighting systems have been
upgraded in order to decrease energy use and
increase cost savings. To date, UBC has decreased
water use by 30 per cent and energy use by 20 per
cent, from 1998 levels.
Aside from physical upgrades, the
Sustainabifity Office has also sought to change the
behaviours of students, faculty and staff on campus. The campaign to remind people to shut off
fights and computers in buildings after use has
been very successful, saving over $75,000 annually. The U-Pass program has also reduced single-
occupancy vehicles to and from UBC dramatically,
resulting in reduced carbon-dioxide emissions.
The price tag for the ecotrek project—$35 milHon for all buildings on campus—will be paid back
by energy savings. UBC is currently saving 2.5 milHon dollars annually from the upgrades and has
also received six milHon dollars in funding from
BC Hydro for the project
Aside from UBC, other universities across
Canada are beginning or continuing energy saving
and greenhouse gas reducing initiatives.
See "Kyoto"page 2.
Canada's first non-profit university set to open doors in 2007
by Eric Szeto
NEWS EDITOR
Former UBC president David Strangway says that
Quest University, set to open in 2007, isn't going
to serve as an antithesis to large pubHc universities. It's an alternative.
As Canada's first non-profit private institution,
Quest University—formerly Sea to Sky
University—is, in its own way, a pioneer.
The University is taking a novel approach to
education by providing its students with a broad-
based curriculum that includes fiberal arts and
science courses while maintaining small class
sizes—contrary to the criticisms many large pubHc institutions now face.
Rather than acting as a diploma assembly line
Quest U's purpose wiH be to provide a fulfilling undergrad experience, said Strangway.
"The system in Canada
needs to have different kinds
of institutions meeting different needs, meeting different
demands from its society—and
we've had a tendency for students to be clones of each
other,* said Strangway, the
CEO and founding director of Quest U.
In addition, lectures will be highly engaging,
as class sizes at Quest U will be no larger 25. This
is significantly less than many first year classes at
major institutions, which can at times cliiiib to
160, he added.
STRANGWAY
"The whole idea of this thing is smaU and
intensive,* he said.
Strangway's brainchild was first conceived
shortly after his tenure as president of UBC. With
articles like the Maclean's University Report highlighting the problem of keeping classes small and
intimate with consistently scarce funding,
Strangway recognised that the diminishing quaHty of education was undermining the undergrad
experience. He set out to create an institution that
would address these deficiencies.
*I think there's a real problem with the pubfic
system,* said Strangway, "Something has to give,"
he stated.
Going to Quest U carries a hefty price tag,
See "Quest University"page 2.
Not so special
anymore
TransLink to terminate 99S
bus line in the new year
by Boris Korby
NEWS STAFF
Students returning to UBC in
January will no longer have the
option of taking the 99 Special
buses to or from campus following
TransLink's decision to terminate
the route as of December 12.
Low ridership levels and customer confusion factored into the
decision to eliminate the express
line between UBC and Broadway
Station, said TransLink Director of
Communication Ken Hardie.
"There was some consultation
with the U-Pass committee, so this
didn't come like a bolt out of the
blue," said Hardie. "We signaled to
the U-Pass committee at UBC that
we were going to do this."
However, Alma Mater Society
(AMS) VP External Jess Klug said
she has received numerous emails
of complaint from students concerning the termination of the 99S.
She beHeves that the lack of consultation between TransLink and the U-
Pass service review committee was
insufficient to gauge the effect the #
cancellation will have on UBC's stu- ~*
dent commuters.
"[UBC and TransLink] mei ^
October and there was no consultation. It was an announcement made
that said they were terminating the
99 Special. At the meeting I clarified
for them how much of a bad idea I
thought it was, but there was obviously no movement," said Klug.
"I don't know what consultation
they're talking about because we
hadn't received any information
prior to that announcement in
October," she added.
TransLink noted that there were
numerous concerns with keeping
the 99 Special in operation.
"In many cases the bus was leaving Broadway-Commercial without
[being at full] capacity. When you're
really pressed to move a large number of people, having a not-full bus
make that trip is very counterproductive, not only to the transit system but to the people waiting along
the way," said Hardie.
Hardie recaUed incidents of
rider confusion concerning the nonstop service provided by the 99
Special as further contributing to
TransLink's decision to phase the
buses into' the existing 99B-Iine
service.
"What was happening was that a
lot of people were demanding to be
let off along the route, which of
course works against a non-stop
service,* he said. 'After taking a Httie bit of abuse in some cases, the
[bus] operators and TransLink
decided that it would be just as good
to take that bus capacity [and] fold it
into the 99B-Line.*
"All things considered, it just
seems to be a more efficient use of
the [buses],* explained Hardie.
Translink estimates that students forced to switch over to the
99B-Line service to get to and from
campus will see their commute
See "99 Special" page 2.
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Tuesday, 29 November, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
Sustainability leader
"Kyoto" from page 1.
The University of Victoria's sustainability coordinator Sarah Webb explained that
the sustainabifity office has made a commitment towards constructing aU new
buildings and facilities to be 25 per cent
more energy efficient than the model
national building code.
It also plans to reduce energy consumption by ten per cent by 2010 from
2005 levels by implementing some rather
innovative initiatives, she said.
"UVic has a fleet of bicycles that all the
maintenance staff (such as electricians,
plumbers, carpenters) uses,* said Webb.
"They [use the bicycles to] get around to do
daily tasks on campus that they would normally use vehicles for.*
Simon Fraser University does not as of
yet have a separate sustainability office,
but recently established a Sustainabifity
Advisory Committee. Several major retrofitting projects have taken place, but
whether SFU wiU meet the Kyoto
Protocol's targets is still unknown.
'It's too early to make such global statements,* said Joe Weinberg, associate VP of
financial planning at SFU.
Similarly, the University of Toronto has
committed itself to meet or exceed the
Kyoto goals in the fiiture. The U of T
Sustainabifity Office, which was established lastyear, has initiated several retrofitting projects and behaviour change
campaigns similar to those at UBC.
The effect of emissions on Toronto
from the University is also a concern for
the office.
"We're the biggest non-private
landowner in the city of Toronto,* said
Chris Caners, sustainabifity coordinator at
U of T. "Based on land area we have quite
a large impact on the city.*
However, very few universities in
Canada or the United States have matched
UBC's progress.
"UBC is the leader," Abramson said, a
There wasn't any consultation between UBC and Translink prior to October
"99 Special" from page 1.
time increase only marginally.
The difference in travel time, said
Hardie, will likely be under 10
minutes.
Brett Vanpoorten, a UBC
student and regular rider of the
99 Special, thinks that he and
many other students who use
this express bus wUl be inconvenienced as a result of its termination.
"I think it's too bad because it
is a really good service, [yet] the
fact that it's not jammed pact on
eveiy single run means they're
not getting the absolute benefit to
their dollar," he said.
"[Next term] the 99B-Line is my
only solution because I'm going
right to commercial drive." II
A STOP TO THE NON-STOP: As of December 12, the 99S
will be phased into the 99 B-Line. kellan higgins photo
Becoming a huge academic institution not a goal for Quest U
"Quest University" from page 1.
however. For two semesters, it
wiH cost a student $32,000.
This will include tuition, room
and board, and much of it will
be subsidised by a scholarship
program. This puts the cost at
a Httie more than $25,000,
almost equivalent to what an
international student at UBC
currently pays for tuition,
room and board.
Strangway noted that not
everybody will flourish in this
environment, however. He
beHeves that people have their
own suits and needs, and
doubts that everybody wiU succeed at a place like Quest U.
"Different kinds of places
wiH suit different kinds of people. This isn't going to be a
place for every student,* he
"Canada needs to
have different kinds
OF INSTITUTIONS
MEETING DIFFERENT
needs...We've HAD
A TENDENCY FOR
STUDENTS TO BE CLONES
OF EACH OTHER."
-David Strangway
CEO of Quest U
said. "Soxme students will
thrive in a big place...others
will thrive in a much more
intense environment*
Jack Lee, communications
director at Quest U, credits
Strangway's vision and experi
ence as the former head of UBC
as factors that will make the
school a success.
'It's just a higher level of
engagement,' Lee said.
*A private university can
do some of those leading edge
things that the large institutions can't possibly do,* he
said.
When 2007 rolls around,
Quest U hopes to have around
160 students enrolled—reaching
a cap of 640 by 2010—and never
exceeding 1200.
Strangway also debunked
notions that the University
would one day become a huge
academic institution similar
to UBC or U of T.
'If it grew too big, instead
of expanding this one, we'd
probably create another one,*
he said, a
'TWEENS
THE NIGHT AQUATIC
A CiTR & Ubyssey
Bzzr Garden
SUB room 205
December 2,7-11pm
Enjoy the company of CiTR &
Ubyssey staff at a Steve Zissou
themed Bzzr Garden. Come in
your speedo or red toque! Or
not. Free cover!
The Future of Arms
Control
3rd floor boardroom,
Liu Institute for Global Issues
December 1,1230-2pm
Author Michael Levi discusses
the policy options for controlling armament escalation.
IN THE RAW":
A Raw Food Workshop
Woodward B75
November 30,4-7pm
$10 fee
Learn the secrets to creating
tasty raw food dishes at home,
then stay for dinner and enjoy
the fruits of your labour.
Christmas Concert
Recital Hall, Music Building
December 2,12-1 pm
Come and enjoy a fun & zany
festive celebration before you
kick off the exam period.
AIMS Movie Event:
The Other Side of AIDS
Woodward IRC 1
December 2,4-6pm
Come see this alternative perspective concerning the battle
against AIDS.The film presents
a growing movement of doctors, scientists, journalists, and
HIV positives who reveal a tangled web of conflicts of interest, political correctness and
unresolved errors surrounding
AIDS.
Christmas at The Chan
Chan Centre, Shun Concert Hall
December 4,2:30pm
$15 tickets
Enjoy the traditional Christmas
story "What Can I Give Him?"
told through classic, symphonic, big band, vocal jazz and
contemporary arrangements.
T-Birds Food Drive
December 2-4
All admission to UBC sports
games this weekend is free
with a donation to the Greater
Vancouver Food Bank.
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HELP A CHILD WHEN GIVING
THIS CHRISTMAS. Christmas cards
will be sold for S3 with proceeds going
to Advocates for the African Child, an
organization providing legal support
and education for unlawfully detained
Ugandan children. Nov 29 and 30,
10am-2pm, outside south SUB doors.
ubcck@yahoo.ca for more info.
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ADD SOME LAUGHTER TO YOUR
LIFE.   Men and women volunteer
for one hour a week with boys and
girls in local elementary schools. Call
604.876.2447 ext. 246 or
www.bigbrothersvancouver.com
MAKE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCK
Volunteer overseas with Youth Challenge.
International on a hands-on development
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WORKING COMMITTEE AND
BOARD MEMBER ROLES. This is
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Contact: Michael VSSGC@telus.net or
(778)837-1575.
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as: writing a scientific-based article or
volunteering for our Spring Conference!
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in the $550/ rent range maximum. Much
prefer main floor suite, or non-basement.
Please contact Naomi Hart at (604)221-
1856 or email naomala@hotmail.com
with subject. Thank you.
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Tuesday, 29 November, 2005
VoL.LXXXVn  N°23
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volunteers Liz Green
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Claudia Li was standing on the balcony, surveying the land, when
Jesse Marchand snuck up behind her and wrapped her arms around
her waist. Suddenly.Simon Underwood charged out of the French
doors behind them, duck taped them together while Michelle
Mayne painted them aU over with Jackie Wong-flavoured peanut
butter.Thus wrapped up, Paul Evans and Yinan Max Wang helped to
load them into the car where they were driven to the home of
famous linebacker Eric Szeto. Szeto's doorman, Boris Korby, opened
the door of the large mansion and Colleen Taw emerged, wearing a
silk kimono and smoking a large pipe. Megan Smyth peered out the
window as Bryan Zandberg, the gardener, took pictures of the
whole event from behind the rhodedendron bushes. Carolynne
Burkholder, protesting the peanut buttering of her friends, walked
up and down the street outside of the gated mansion with a placard created by Joel Libin, master of placards. Kellan Higgins, Michael
Kenacan and Hilary Onas, Szeto's body guards charged out to tied a
long fishing line around the peanut-buttered girts and they were
led off to the river where they were going to be bait for the local sea
monster, named after the terrifying Jessalyn Keller. Sarah Collins,
Gemini Cheng, Seal Lee, Meredith Hambrock, David Sienema, Erin
Hope-Goldsmith,Jenn Cameron,Greg Ursic,Sarah Buck all stoop1
around and sang in 8 part harmony as the girls were ceremoniously
lowered into the pond. Justin Barrington-Foote stood by, laughing
hysterically. Liz Green and Caroline Chuang blew kisses.
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PROUD: President Fernado de la Mora poses in the IRSA office.
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BC counselling
centres stressed
More resources needed to cope
with demand, say workers
by Colleen Tang
NEWS STAFF
As term one of the academic school year
comes to a close, it marks the busiest time
for counselors throughout BC universities.
Increases in student population at UBC, UVic
and SFU makes meeting students' demand
for services an increasing problem.
"We're finding it harder to maintain our
commitment to no waiting lists...[Our] campus is growing and...there are more students
Hving in residence than ever before/ said
Connie ConigHo, associate director of the
Health Counseling and Career Centre at SFU.
Currently counselors from UBC, UVic and
SFU provide daily hours from 8am-4:30pm,
8:30am-4pm and 9am-4:30pm respectively,
dealing with a broad range of topics varying
from depression, stress, relationship and
health related issues.
Extension of office hours is one possibility that counselors are considering to meet
student demand.
"We're considering going into a longer
day," said Joe Parsons, manager of counseling services as UVic.
"The problem is we don't have any space
for any more counselors. It's actually a big
problem," he added.
However, the option of hiring more counselors is unrealistic at the moment because
most of these centres' limited resources.
"If we extend the day," said Cheryl
Washburn, the director of counseling services at UBC, "it means...having a number of
staff starting in late because we only want
staff pulling in a regular workday...[and] you
want to make sure those staff don't experience burnout," she said.
"We're always struggling to meet the
demands with limited resources," she said.
"We have maxed out our availability to hire anybody else based on the resources we have."
"It's a money issue," said ConigHo, "The
University has only allocated a certain amount
of funding to counseling so that limits what we
have available so what we do is we offer students as much service as we can."
There has been an attempt on campuses
to increase counseling services by having
volunteer peer counseling services available for students. The result was not successful, however.
"We tried that and it didn't work here,"
said Coniglio.
"They don't get very much business.
That's  [been]   one  of the issues  over  the
DOORS TIGHTENING: Counseling centres
are concerned about growing student
populations, kellan higgins photo
years...They don't get that many visitors,"
said Parsons.
All three of the universities have an average of seven permanent staff per campus
and a range of four to seven graduate students completing their internships at each
counseling centre.
The consensus among all three university
counselling centres is that students prefer
seeing a professional counselor as opposed
to volunteer or even graduate counseling students. However, Coniglio pointed out the
benefits that the graduate students bring.
"It's really great for the centre because it
allows us to have more staffing so we can
meet more needs of the students," said
Coniglio. "I think students prefer...to see a
professional. Their view is, if there are
professionals here why would I talk to a
student?"
"Sometimes we get someone who's saying
I absolutely want to work with a staff counselor and other times we get students who
are finding it would be neat to work with
someone who is close to the student experience but who also has the training,* said
Washburn.
All three campuses are maintaining their
partnerships with peer help-lines such as
Speakeasy at UBC and SFU Nightline because
of their importance in providing students
with an alternative form of counseling.
"We've really appreciated their presence
on campus," said Washburn. "We met with
them [to look for] ways we could collaborate
and work more closely together for students'
benefit."
"[SFU nightline has been] very successful.
It's been running at SFU for about 25 years,"
said Coniglio.
Most people don't realise that counselling
services are directly related to student retention, said Coniglio.
"Students come and see us and it makes a
difference whether or not they stay in
school...The most important thing [to me] is
the fact that we actually keep students in
school who would otherwise drop out for
personal reasons." II
by Michael Kenacan
NEWS STAFF
The International Relations Student
Association (IRSA) of UBC has earned itself
the Canadian Bureau for International
Education's (CBIE) Outstanding Program in
International Education award, making it
the first time a student-run organisation has
ever won a CBIE Award.
According to Allen Sens, chair of the UBC
international relations program, what distinguished IRSA from other candidates for the
award was IRSA's role as "the intellectual and
social community of the IR program...[and] the
focal point of international affairs on campus."
The CBIE is a non-governmental organisation comprised of two hundred affiliated educational and business associations from
across Canada. The award is bestowed for high
quaHty, creativity and effectiveness in educational programming.
Continuing his praise for IRSA, Sens
declared, "they are an incredibly active organisation, more active than most student organisations and consistently so. That activity has seen
them engage in a number of educational events
and activities...all as a student organisation,
raising their own money. It's extraordinary."
Sens illustrated examples of IRSA's activity,
including "the model UN, sending delegations
to others' model UN's and NATO's, organising
conferences, running career fairs, pubHshing a
journal, the JIA [Journal of International
Affairs], and organising events like the Night of
a Thousand Dinners, the largest one of its kind
in the world."
IRSA is "completely honoured and excited
to be recognised by such an organisation,*
said Jennifer Schofield, vice-president external of IRSA. "[The award] reinforces that students are instrumental in developing their
own education.
Alma Mater Society (AMS) President
Spencer Keys said that IRSA's award highlights
the enormous impact student organisations
play on campus.
"I think what the award demonstrates is how
exceptional student organisations at UBC are
and how with careful planning and dedication
that UBC students can do a tremendous
amount," he said.
"[IRSA is] certainly an example to which
organisations across this campus should look to
in terms of making a difference externally and
creating the best possible experience for the
members of their organisation." II
—with files from Paul Evans
Sex Party positions itself against mainstream
Leader wants politicians to focus more on sex issues
by Hilary Ofias
NEWSWRITER
Google 'sex party' and among the approximately 43,200,000 hits that come up is the
official website of The Sex Party (TSP), a BC
based fringe poHtical party that materiahsed
earHer this year.
Sex Party leader John Ince understands
the stigma that gets attached to sex in politics—that's part of the reason the party
exists today.
According to Ince, his frustration at speaking to pohticians at various levels of government and discovering they had no intention
of getting involved in sex issues also prompted the party's creation.
"Pohticians want to avoid the subject of
sex," he said bluntly.
Sam Heppell, president of the UBC NDP,
feels that TSP has a legitimate case.
"I think it's definitely a vafid criticism that
sexual issues aren't on the poHtical agenda,"
said HeppeU.
TSP intends to develop what it terms a
'sex-positive' culture.
"We argue that there's an overwhelming
amount of evidence to suggest that as individuals, and in our institutions, there are a lot of
negative attitudes to sex," he said.
Ince cited a negative experience that TSP
had with Canada Post and the BC Liquor
Control and Licensing Branch earHer this
year. Canada Post refused to distribute TSP
election flyer fearing its sexually expHcit
content would offend the pubHc.
Furthermore, the BC Liquor Branch prohibited TSP from serving alcohol at its
SexArtVoteYes! (SAW) fundraising event
due to the nature of the event's entertainment, which included Hve sex acts.
TSP is pursuing legal action against both
Canada Post and the BC Liquor Branch with
the aid of some UBC law students.
Matt Canzer, a member of the Social
Justice Action Network (SJAN), is assisting in
the legal action against Canada Post and the
BC Liquor Branch.
"SJAN is going to help pubhcise funding
and support the students that are actually
doing the work with [TSP]," explained Ince.
In the future Ince and TSP would like to
challenge what they deem as the 'sex-negative'
poHcies governing sex work. TSP favours a
total normaHsation of indoor sex work.
"There is no way a sex worker can legally
get a Hcense to do sex work, in commercial
premises... It's one of the things that helps
keep prostitutes on the street," said Ince.
TSP's ideas on educational reform, however, have arguably been the most controversial.
Instead of sex education being centred on
harm reduction, teaching youths about sexual
ly transmitted diseases and pregnancy, TSP
wants to see its approach of 'sexual gradualism' adopted throughout BC.
"[Sexual graduahsm] would focus on giving
individuals the skills to make sex emotionally
and physically rewarding," said Ince.
The skills in question include sexual exper-
imentation with the self (e.g. masturbation),
the creation of a comfortable dialogue about
sex, and "erotic exploration" with peers.
Ince would like to see the aforementioned
reforms incorporated into the school curriculum starting in grade ten.
"It would be an elective—in the same way
an art class is an elective," said Ince.
Ince and TSP acknowledged that the
chances of a Sex Party candidate being elected
to pubHc office from the "fringes" of the poHtical system are slim.
"We envision the poHtical as more than just
getting a candidate elected," said Ince. "Part of
our mandate is actually to educate mainstream pohticians."
"They definitely make a contribution," said
Heppell. "If they're encouraging increased
interest in the poHtical process that's great.. At
the same time people do need to be smart when
it comes to voting—you only get one vote."
In the provincial election last May, the
three Sex Party candidates who ran managed
305 votes between them.
BC is home to approximately 40 officially
recognised poHtical parties, by far the most
of any Canadian province.
"Some provinces would have a higher tolerance for different views... some would be
more aggressive about keeping a tight reign
on how [official party recognition and elections] would work," said UBC Political
Science professor Gerald Baier.
"There might be a more tolerant tradition for a variety of perspectives [in BC],"
said Baier.
Baier also beHeves fringe parties like TSP
appeal to young people who are too disenchanted with mainstream parties and pohticians.
"Those parties might touch on some of
the lifestyle issues that students are more
interested in," said Baier.
Ince has other ideas on why students
should get involved with TSP.
"We were really conscious that when we
used the name Sex Party that it was a double
entendre. Party is poHtical; party is fun,"
said Ince.
"If students are interested in parties that
are just unlike anything they've ever seen, getting involved in our SAVY events is amazing...
So there's a whole aspect of having fun.*
TSP may be expanding its particular
brand of fun federally. Assuming a federal
election is held off until the spring, TSP
intends to run. IB
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Getting SIRIUS on CBC Radio 3
by Carolynne Burkholder
NEWS STAFF
Canadian independent music fans
can look forward to a new source of
entertainment In the beginning of
December—the exact date has yet to
be set— CBC Radio 3 will be available
throughout North America via SIRIUS Satellite Radio. The station will
feature more than 85 per cent
Canadian content commercial-free,
24 hours a day.
This will be a full national radio
station...which is showcasing great
Canadian content that no one ever
gets to hear,* said Steve Pratt, the
director of CBC Radio 3. It's a unique
opportunity to play a lot of Canadian
artists that would never get air play
anywhere else.*
The broadcast will be organised
into three song segments of different genres—from rock to country
to hip-hop. Hosts will introduce
the audience to the band, provid
ing necessary information and
minimal commentary.
As the station is dedicated to
Canadian music, less than 15 per
cent of airtime will be given to
international artists. And these
artists will be chosen with the promotion of Canadian music in mind,
said Pratt
'The portion that wouldn't be
Canadian would basically be using a
very strategically chosen international
artist to be able to set up a Canadian
artist* said Pratt The whole goal of
the station is to showcase new
Canadian talent So everything we do
on the air is towards that goal.*
Since the station will be broadcast throughout North America,
Canadians are not the only ones who
will be exposed to homegrown music.
So far, SIRIUS has two million subscribers in the United States, and the
number continues to grow.
Andreanne Sasseville, director of
Canadian Talent Promotion for SER-
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launch of satellite radio will promote
Canadian talent all over North
America. *So many bands cannot
break out,* she said. This is a new
platform for Canadian artists.*
But independent artists will not
be the only ones benefiting from the
new satellite radio service.
By purchasing a satellite radio
receiver for approximately $80
and subscribing to SIRIUS Satellite
Radio for $14.99 a month,
Canadians can have access to over
100 channels—ten Canadian content and 40 all music.
*In our market research we
found out that there were a little
over a million Canadians with no
access to terrestrial radio stations,* said Sasseville.
As the satellite will broadcast all
the way from the southern coast of
Mexico, to the far northern tip of
Baffin Island, people who currendy
have little or no access to radio will
now be able to listen to static free,
continual broadcasts.
CBC Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence
said that the station has always been
ahead of others in terms of technology and innovation. It began as a show
on CBC Radio 2 and then moved to
the internet in the form of podcasts.
The response to the podcast was
very positive, so positive in fact, that
it 'surprised us a fair bit* said Pratt
Since it launched in June 2005,
700,000 shows have been downloaded, making it consistently the
number one downloaded podcast in
Canada.
But Canadians aren't the only
ones listening to CBC Radio 3: 47 per
cent of the podcast listeners are from
outside Canada. Lawrence said that
over the last week he has received
mail from listeners in Japan, Finland,
Turkey, and Africa, all raving about
Canadian artists.
*We always believed in the
music we were playing,* he said.
The thing has just taken off...it's a
testament to the quality of independent Canadian music*
"The podcast has been proof that
you put it out there and it's good
enough to compete,* agreed Pratt The
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UBC men's hockey
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by Boris Korby
SP0KT5 STAFF
The Thunderbirds' woes continued on Friday night as they
dropped a hard fought 6-4 decision at home to defending CIS
champions University of Alberta at
the UBC Winter Sports Complex.
Trailing 5-2 to start the third,
UBC was able to muster a pair of
power-play goals with five minutes
left. However, it was not to be for
UBC this night.
After charging from his crease in
a footrace for the puck, UBC goal-
tender Peter MandoH—tapped to
replace a shaky Gerry Festa midway
through the second period—made
an errant clearing attempt from his
own blue-line that deflected to
Alberta right-wing Ben Thompson—
who calmly deposited the puck into
the empty-net uncontested, sealing
the win for the visitors.
UBC's only lead in the game
came from defenseman Brad
Zanon's buzzer-beating power-play
goal with less than a second of
play left in the first. With time
winding down in the period,
Zanon snuck down from the point
and received a beautiful centre
pass from UBC right-wing Steve
Bunney behind the net. Zanon was
just able to get the shot off before
time expired, sending Alberta to
the dressing room lucky to be
down only 1-0 after being outshot
UBC ATTEMPTS TO BLOCK ALBERTA: The Thunderbirds couldn't keep the Golden Bears' shots out of
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14-4 by UBC in the fir.pt period.
However the T-Birds weren't
able to maintain the momentum
from their great start in the second frame, where they were
outscored 4-1.
Alberta's goals came from forwards Tim Krymusa and Justin
WaUin starting the period, before
the Thunderbirds answered back
eight minutes into the frame after
a T-Birds odd man rush aUowed
defenseman   Matt  McMahon  to
come in late and chip in a rebound
over Alberta goaltender Aaron
Sorochan, to even the game at two.
Unfortunately, the Golden Bears
were able to notch three more before
the second frame ended, including a
shorthanded tally by Alberta forward
Brian Ballman, which proved to be
the game winner.
UBC head coach Milan
Dragicevic said his team simply
did not get the big saves or make
the big plays it needed in the sec
ond, and that ultimately cost them
the victory.
"We got away from our system
in the second period. We beat ourselves,* said Dragicevic. 'Alberta
didn't do anything out of the ordinary. They didn't outwork us; they
didn't wow us with their skating
or their speed. We just made
some mental mistakes in the second period and they capitalised
[on them].'
UBC closed the gap in the third
with a pair of power-play goals
from forwards Steve Bunney and
Jon Kress, the first coming off
some hard work along the end
boards by right-wing Stephane
Gervais who slipped a check
and walked out in front for the
shot before Bunney buried the
rebound.
The latter goal was a textbook
power play setup, with UBC working the puck around the offensive
zone before Kress broke free in the
high slot and wired a shot stick
side on Sorochan.
Any hope of completing the
comeback was dashed two minutes later however, after MandoH's
error in judgment aUowed Alberta
to restore the two goal cushion
with less than three minutes of
play left in the game.
'The positives were the fact
that we scored three power-play
goals,* said Dragicevic. "Our
power play has been struggHng,
our penalty killing has been struggling, [so] that's a huge positive
that we took.*
"The fact that we got goals from
guys that really haven't scored,
like McMahon, Zanon, and
Bunney...the guys that have been
playing on the third and fourth
line and defense, we've really
needed that secondary scoring
from those guys and it was great to
get that,* said Dragicevic.
UBC finished three for nine on
the power plays and five for five on
the penalty kiUs while out shooting
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Thunderbirds in the scrum
The UBC Thunderbirds played host to local rivals the SFU
Clan on Saturday, levi barnett photo
Bird
Droppings
B-Ball pushes through
The UBC men's basketball team
traveled to Victoria this past weekend to take on the UVic Vikes.
Sunday's game resulted in an 85-
79 win for the Thunderbirds.
Casey Archibald was out with an
ankle injury. Pasha Bains played
even though he is still dealing with
a hernia, and was able to score 31
points. The UBC men's basketball
team now stands at 14-1. The T-
Birds take on the Winnipeg
Wesmen on Friday and Saturday at
War Memorial Gym at 8:00pm.
Birds, Vikes on the court
Victoria was also host to the UBC
women's basketball team this past
weekend. On Sunday the
Thunderbirds pulled off a 59-48
win over the UVic Vikes. UBC's
Cait Haggarty and Julie Little both
scored 11 points. The women's
team takes on Winnipeg at 6:15pm
on Friday and Saturday at War
Memorial Gym.
Huskies maul T-Birds
Playing on the road in Saskatoon, the
UBC women's hockey team lost to
the Saskatchewan Huskies on both
Friday and Saturday night. Oddly
enough the score was the same for
both games. The Thunderbirds
weren't able to score any goals and
the Huskies managed to get three
past the goalie. The T-Birds now take
a break for the holidays and will be
back in action on January 6, when
they take on Manitoba.
Spike it!
The UBC women's volleyball team
took on local rival SFU this past
Saturday. Over on the hill in
Burnaby the Thunderbirds pulled
in a 3-0 win. The win makes UBC
tied with Alberta and Winnipeg for
the number one spot in the
Canada West rankings. The T-Birds
play the Thompson Rivers
WolfPack on Saturday and Sunday
at 1:00pm
On the volleyball court on Friday
the UBC women's volleyball team
won 3-0 over the SFU Clan. Emily
Cordonier collected 11 kills. Maya
Miguel and Kirby Dow both had
seven kills. The Thunderbirds now
have a 6-1 game record.
Cross-country
Members of the UBC cross-country
team have qualified for the National
Cross-country Championships being
held on the Jericho Beach Park trails
on December 3. Meaghan McCollum,
who finished in sixth place at the
NAIA championships earlier this season, is pegged to put in a good run for
UBC at the December 3 event The
championships will be the qualifying
event for hopefuls seeking to represent Canada at the 2006 World Crosscountry Championships in Japan,
as . well as the 2006 NACAC
Championships in Florida.
New football coach
Lou DesLauriers is not returning as
head coach of the UBC football
team for the 2006 CIS season.
DesLauriers has been coaching at
UBC for four seasons. In the interim this season's full-time assistant
coaches Gary Thievery and Ted
Gove will be taking over coaching
responsibilities. The Athletics
Department hopes to fill the position in the upcoming weeks. II
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YOU CANT TAKE IT WITH YOU
Studio 58
until December 11
by Meredith Hambrock
CULTUREWRITER
To celebrate its fortieth anniversary,
Studio 58 presents You Can't Take It
with You, featuring a performance by
studio founder Anthony Holland. The
play ehcits much hilarity as it chronicles the antics of the Sycamore fam-
Uy during the depression in the
depths of New York City.
The family is unlike any other,
with a Grandpa who attends commencement ceremonies for fun, a
mother who writes plays because
someone accidentally dehvered a
typewriter to her house, a father
who crafts iUegal fireworks in the
basement, a daughter (Essie) who
dances baUet in the kitchen accompanied by her husband on xylophone and yet another (Penelope)
who is strangely normaL Conflict
arises when Penelope seeks to
marry a man named Tony, who
comes parceled with a family that is
almost pathetically usual.
This play wiU make you laugh
until you cry, featuring characters
that are equal parts hilarious and
beHevable, and a script that doesn't
have a single weak moment The cast
plays in front of a beautifiiUy reaHstic
set that takes advantage of the small
proscenium stage in the best ways
possible. While the actors can get carried away—on opening night one of
the actors left the stage with a bloody
nose—it's understandable when the
amount of life and energy that the
cast brings to the stage is taken
into account. The play runs until
December 11; if you need a light-
hearted night away from the books it
comes highly recommended. If only
we could take it home with us. II
Death by petticoat: tales of white lady travellers
TRAVELLERS
Vancouver Museum
until October 2006
by Sarah Buck
CULTUREWRITER
Some of us travel light, and some of
us have a lot of baggage.
But it's possible that nobody had a
longer Hst of things you never leave
home without than early women
traveUers. Many of those items are
on display as part of the Vancouver
Museum's new exhibit No Place for a
Lady: Tales of Adventurous Women
Travellers.
From parasols to snow goggles, to
extreme adventure equipment like
side-saddles and coal-burning carriage foot warmers—made of galvanised iron, asbestos paper, and
carpet, circa 1908—these female
travelers were kitted out
They were also ready for any
eventuaHty, including woman over-
board: state of the art in the mid-
1800's, the crinoline was a lighter-
weight undergarment offering
women the "unsinkable" factor (a la
MoUy Brown, the Titanic's most
famous survivor), or at least the hope
that drowning under the weight of
one's petticoats was not an inevitabU-
ity while sailing the high seas.
It's not just about the clothes,
however. Photos, sketches, and the
writings   of   Parisian   Alexandra
David-Neel are featured prominently. Hers is a fascinating tale of traveling through Asia in disguise with
adopted Tibetan son Lama Yongden
as guide in the early 1900s. A diehard traveUer, David-Neel surprised
officials in her village by going in to
renew her passport shortly after her
hundredth birthday.
There are also coUections of vintage photo albums, guidebooks, and
souvenirs on display.
The exhibit does a good job of
celebrating the early feminism of
these women traveUers, although
conspicuously absent is any mention of one of British Columbia's
own early white women traveUers,
Enrily Carr, who first visited remote
viUages  in  the   Queen  Charlotte
Islands in 1912.
But more than simply "recreating] the feel of the exotic
lands that lured" these women, it
would have been nice to see some
commentary on the colonial context of their desire to go to foreign
places. Stories of women from
those exotic lands are also hard to
come by—the overwhelming
majority feature Western women.
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Tuesday, 29 November, 2005
Feature 9
When the W gets an F
text by Bryan Zandberg
photos by Yinan Max Wang and Bryan Zandberg
Woodward's is being touted as the key to revitalising Vancouver's troubled Downown Eastside. But is it really?
ities define themselves by what they do with
the skies spanning above them. Their skyline
icons become emblematic of the collective
spirit of their citizens. In that respect,
Vancouver is no different from Berlin, Paris or
the Big Apple. But the story of its most cherished piece
of urban topography, the W lit up each night above the
old Woodward's building, is still evolving. So is what it
says about the people that Hve and work here in
Vancouver. Let me explain.
The W is a five-metre high, red neon chunk of
alphabet that can be seen from various places
around the city. It's an odd choice for an emblem,
and a relatively young one for that matter. Set up at
the end of the Second World War to attract shoppers
to the 600,000 square feet of shopping at the
bustling Woodward's department store, the W has
strangely gone on to become the standard of the
city's least affluent: the poor and homeless living on
the Downtown Eastside. The turning point was a
massive squat which took place through the summer and fall of 2002, when hundreds occupied the
building to protest a lack of social housing and to
manifest their disapproval that a proposal for redeveloping Woodward's as social housing was axed by
the BC Liberals.
These days, machines and developers are poised to
tear down the building in order to erect an audacious
mega-project, worth over $280 million dollars. And
when the work is done in 2009, the W will be hoisted
up to crown the cluster of new buildings, ostensibly
bridging the gap between the old and the new. But will
its warm beams shine down on a better situation for
the city's most marginalised people?
Stack stuck stack stack stack
Kim Kerr is a grizzled, militant advocate for the homeless and director of the Downtown Eastside Residents'
Association (DERA). He calls the new plans for
Woodward's *a scam.*
'It's well over a quarter billion dollars to gentrify
the neighbourhood,* he says, so seething and angry
about working with the administration of ex-mayor
Larry Campbell's city council that he keeps forgetting
to take drags off his cigarette in the alley behind
DERA's office, where we are talking. He has nothing
short of contempt for Campbell and his party, the
Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE). Ditto for Jim
Green and Vision Vancouver, effectively a wing of
COPE. He accuses both Campbell and Green of a heartless neglect for the poor in the plans for Woodward's.
'It's bullshit* he spews.
At first, it seems unreasonable that he would be so
adamantly opposed to the proposal. After all, there
are 250 units of social housing—or low-income housing—set out in the plans for the location, which has
sat boarded-up and empty for a decade. Beyond that,
Larry Campbell and Jim Green have championed the
plan as one of the bravest and most socially progressive projects the city has ever seen. According the official website (with its additional 1-800 number dedicated to fielding questions), the future Woodward's
will reflect the interests of every tier of society: SFU
students and Vancouver artists will enjoy a state-of-
the-art School for Contemporary Arts; non-profit
groups will have offices and meeting places there;
single moms will use daycare; and retailers will sell
groceries and prescription medicine.
Perhaps most interestingly of all, rich condo owners and poor social housing residents will live side
by side in the new Woodward's, in what is called
mixed income housing. If Campbell and Green have
their way, the neighbourhood, so long suffering
beneath crushing poverty and addiction, will ultimately be revitalised with Woodward's as the catalyst of change. It will be a progressive model of
social engineering that will win Vancouver praise
the world over.
Kerr has one piece of advice for anyone left
"For someone to want to buy a
place on the downtown eastside
either they're kind of idealistic or
they see it as a real investment.
The danger is, I think, the second
CATEGORY, WHERE PEOPLE ARE BUYING
IT BELIEVING THAT...IT WILL BECOME
MORE LIKE YALETOWN. THAT'S GOING
TO BE TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE
PEOPLE THAT ARE ALREADY LIVING IN
THE RESIDENTIAL HOTELS IN THE AREA
AND WHO HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO GO."
-David Eby, Lawyer
Pivot Legal Society
breathless by this staggering proposal: 'Read the
fine print,* he growls.
For one thing, he says the rich and the poor will not
be rubbing shoulders in the new Woodward's. They
will Hve in separate buildings, thus quashing any egalitarian ideal of haves and have-nots learning how to
overcome their differences through coexisting together. More importantly, Kerr criticises the project for the
following two reasons: he thinks the obscene amount
of money being poured into it (a quarter of a bilHon dollars and counting) could be used where the need is
greatest (namely, housing people in the Downtown
Eastside) and, secondly, he doesn't beHeve that welfare
recipients will be able to afford to Hve in the social
housing units for long.
*I think you'll find out that as time goes along there
won't be social housing at Woodward's, certainly not
deep-core housing. There will be 500 condos.*
'Deep-core housing' is the term used to describe the
housing needs of Vancouver's most desperate citizens.
What it means is housing for which someone on welfare pays no more than $325 doUars per month.
'Social housing doesn't mean what social housing
used to mean,* he says. 'People think that when they
say 'social housing' that 'oh, that helps people on the
Downtown Eastside."
Kerr and practically every other reHef organisation
I spoke with are alarmed by the shrinking amount of
social housing units available. Homelessness in the
area is up by 300 per cent since 1998, when there were
800 people recognised as homeless and only 400 spots
available in shelters.
Kerr asserts that popular notions of homelessness
have to be changed in order to address the reaHties of
the poverty he sees everyday. The first of these notions
is that social housing equals reHef for the most desperate, who sHp too easily through the widening cracks of
our province's welfare net. The second is that the City
of Vancouver, through projects like Woodward's, is
doing something about the issue.
Kerr, however, doesn't beHeve that Woodward's is
really doing enough, considering so much has been
spent doing studies on the project instead of being
spent on actually helping people. The last thing he
wants to hear are the results of another study or focus
group that will have no practical bearing on the suffer
ing of Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents.
'I've got, you know, well over a thousand dying people on the streets in this neighbourhood, and [COPE] is
doing nothing for them,* Kerr says. 'Nobody is going to
do anything with this neighbourhood except gentrify
it..As far as we're concerned, Woodward's is the
betrayal of the neighbourhood, and it's a betrayal perpetrated by COPE.*
Currently, the only deep-core housing available is
in the dozens of dereHct hotels in the DTES. These
hotels are the last line of defense for the poorest of the
poor, who Hve their Hves just one step away from sleeping on the street.
Bat the people as people / thronging the streets, postwar / in search not so much of luxuries / as of attrac
tive (or acceptable) necessities / to continue /living in
a golden age
Mark Townsend sports a charming British accent and is
in a surprisingly chipper mood considering he hasn't yet
eaten breakfast by the time I call. He's been working
with the Portland Hotel Society (PHS) to house people in
hotels for the last ten years. He knows first-hand the
squaHd conditions tenants endure there and says people
Hving in the hotels are viewed as 'effectively homeless*
by his and other agencies working in the area.
One demographic of people that the PHS works with
are what are termed "hard to house* people/individuals
who, for several different reasons, are not welcome by
landlords and thus end up sleeping in the streets.
'Their problems unfortunately are not going to go
away,* says Townsend, in an attempt to explain why the
PHS is pushing for more social housing units. He takes
the example of a woman that the PHS was working with,
a sex-trade worker who died recently at the age of 49.
She began working as a prostitute at 13, and spent much
of her life addicted to pills and alcohol. He says that sex-
trade workers like her are often discriroinated against by
landlords and their requests to rent lodging are regularly refused. This compounds their hardships.
'It's very hard to change her when you start housing her when she's 40, given what her life has been
like/ Townsend says. To him, it is the best case for why
there needs to be a shift in the way the pubHc looks at
social housing.
"There's no free enterprise solution to making
units that you rent for 325 [dollars]. There's no profit
to be made in that, yeah? There has to be some government intervention. So you have to decide: Do you
want to want to Hve in a society that has homeless people or do you want to pay for there not be any homeless
people. It's kind of pretty simple.*
He adds, however, that there are more than just
junkies, dealers and people with mental illnesses Hving
in the hotels. Working single moms and famiHes Hve
there too.
The hotels are the only place where they can afford
to Hve, although many of them are also so unhealthy
and unsafe that often people say they would rather
sleep in the park, where at least they won't get sick or
ripped off by the landlord. Kerr says many hotels are
ridden with bedbugs, and that he has seen some suites
with 'mould so deep in the waU you could write your
name-in it*     ' >
A legal advocacy group called the Pivot Legal
Society, coUecting affidavits during a housing campaign last summer, pubHshed the foUowing description by one tenant in their newsletter: 'Sometimes
none of the toilets in the building work. There is no toilet paper...There is garbage, blood and excrement in
the bathrooms, they are filthy.* Added to that is the fact
that many landlords, known as 'slumlords' among tenants and many reHef workers, cheat people out of their
welfare cheques and damage deposits. They simply
throw the most powerless tenants out on the street
after they've coUected their rent money for the month,
or keep portions of the damage deposit, because they
know nobody wiH be able to do anything about it
The hotel system creates a tough dilemma for
both Townsend and Kerr: if DERA or the PHS complain too loudly about substandard Hving conditions, they'll get the hotels closed down and more
people will end up Hving on the street. Both regard
preserving the hotels as the lesser of two evils. At
least that way people have a roof over their heads for
the winter. Even if Townsend is the first to say these
accommodations are 'shitty* and 'inadequate,* he
beHeves they're better than nothing.
The W/ turned against the sky/like a reminder/ ofa
people of a people
The Downtown Eastside is a repertory of stigmas and
stereotypes, and a coUage of contradictions. Townsend
shows himself ready and willing to nuance what outsiders have to think and say about it. One thing he's
most adamant about changing is the notion that people
end up on the DTES, that nobody chooses to be there.
*I Hve in this neighbourhood because I like it,* he
says, referring to how safe he and other community
members feel in the DTES compared to other areas in
Vancouver.
He has other reasons, too, having to do with personal values and individual tastes.
*I wouldn't want to Hve in Shaughnessy,* says
Townsend. "There are actually people that don't want
to Hve in pink, stuccoed condos.*
He considers the DTES a legitimate community,
with the same rights and responsibiHties as any other.
To that effect, he says the same services must be available as are in place in other neighbourhoods. He adds
that people need to determine for themselves if they
stay or go.
But Townsend's conununity is the poorest demographic in the Downtown area, and they're sitting on
top of the city's last gold mine in terms of valuable real-
estate. Since the Woodward's plan was ratified, entire
blocks of the DTES have been snapped up by developers, hungry to make a killing when the neighbourhood
goes from the rags of its present economic stagnation
to the riches waiting to be made through redeveloping.
The 2010 Olympics are only pifing more weight
on to the economic pressures the area is already
under. Kerr, for example, predicts that by 2010
there will be 'thousands upon thousands more people Hving on the streets."
In the meantime, it's creating a sticky catch-22 for
the PHS, which owns several hotels and buildings all
around Woodward's. Given the escalating values of
their properties, the PHS could easily sell their old,
decrepit hotels to developers for a sweet chunk of
change. Then, they could use the money to buy other,
cheaper buildings, creating more social (or deep-core)
housing for the people who are presently on the
streets. Simple, right?
Unfortunately, such deaHngs only help boost property values, which in turn propel the gentrification that
already threatens to push people under economic
hardship out of the place they caU home. For the PHS,
knew it would happen whether we were involved or
not. If we are involved, we do have some influence."
—the Wseen from the other side of the inlet—red,
turning slowly—from the Seabus—tuni<»f-me^centary
facade of warehouses—feelings without words about
places—
"This neighbourhood is already occupied by people
[DTES residents], there's a community that already Hves
here, and so you're introducing a new element which is
people from middle-class and upper middle-class backgrounds who might not be famiHar with the DTES. It's
definitely an issue, which needs to be addressed. And I
haven't heard a lot of conversation about it."
That's David Eby speaking. He's a young (29 year-
old) lawyer with the Pivot Legal Society, a group that
provides advocacy for those who tend not to have a
voice because they are too poor to be heard. Like
Townsend and Kerr, he doesn't have any fast answers
for how to avoid the gentrification of the DTES. He
does, however, see the need for increased pubHc
awareness about the social and poHtical reaHties faced
by its residents.
"There's no free enterprise
isolution to making units that you
rent for 325 [dollars]. There's no
profit to be made in that, yeah?
There has to be some government
intervention. so you have to
decide: do you want to want to
live in a society that has homeless
people or do you want to pay for
there not be any homeless people,
it's kind of pretty simple."
-Mark Townsend, Director
The Portland Hotel Society
this is a real dilemma, and they are at a stalemate.
What they have been doing so far is selling hotels in
exchange for promises that these hotels remain social
housing for the next 15 years. Still, since any development whatsoever has the effect of bolstering the value
of surrounding properties, the PHS reaHses they are
compounding the problem.
Woodward's is perhaps the best example of this.
"It's like a double-edged sword, because it will
increase the value of all the property around, giganti-
caHy,* says Townsend.
And yet the staff at the PHS has a simple bottom-line:
housing for the homeless. That's why they're actually partners in Woodward's. The Society stands to receive 120 of
the 250 units of social housing when it opens in 2009.
Townsend can explain the rationale behind this
decision in two sentences: 'We got involved because we
'For someone to want to buy a place on the
Downtown Eastside either they're kind of ideaHstic or
they see it as a real investment. The danger is, I think,
the second category, where people are buying it beHev-
ing that...it wiU become more like Yaletown. That's
going to be to the detriment of the people that are
already Hving in the residential hotels in the area and
who have nowhere else to go.*
'People are stuck there,* he says.
Eby fears that the coming wave of higher-income
people wfll only further what he sees as systemic
human rights abuses against the helpless. What wiU
condo owners do when they see street-level dealing of
crack and heroin outside their expensive condos?
"There's going to be a lot of nimbyism,* Eby cautions. The poHce will be caHed and enforcement will be
increased. He' s concerned the result will be an
increase in the criminalisation of poverty.
He cites the example of what happened at the
Pender Hotel on September 14, 2005, when a team of
city inspectors arrived to search the building. When
they started having trouble gaining access to the
rooms, they started kicking in doors.
At one point in the inspection, one of the inspectors
said he felt ill, so the Hazardous Materials team was
called in. They emptied all of the people out of the
building and into an adjacent parking lot, then used a
battering ram to break down the front door. They went
on to kick in any door that wasn't unlocked in the hotel,
even though the parking lot was fiHed with people
offering their keys.
Neither the inspectors nor the Hazardous Materials
team found anything, and the tenants were forced to
stand outside in the lot from Ham until 6pm.
Afterwards, they were let back in, finding aU their personal belongings up for grabs in rooms without doors.
The Pivot Legal Society is currently suing the City
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continued from page 9.
over the Pender Hotel incident.
"This is in the Downtown
Eastside, you know/ says Eby, 'It's
not like they have some kind of security [system] or something like that.*
Between tenancy issues such as
these and repeated cases of police
violence against homeless people,
Eby says you see rights violated in the
Downtown Eastside "in ways you just
don't see anywhere else.*
Adding to the problem is  the
apparent immunity enjoyed by the
Vancouver Police Department (VPD),
which has come under fire from both
relief organisations and the media
for how it investigates complaints of
misconduct suffered at the hands of
its officers issued from plaintiffs in
the DTES.  The RCMP, which was
called in last year to conduct its own
unbiased investigation of nine such
complaints, turned their results over
If   to VPD Chief Jamie  Graham last
spring without allowing lawyers or
media to look them over. It doesn't
take a rocket scientist to figure out
what Chief Graham did next: he
cleared his force of any wrongdoing.
Kerr's take on the VPD is laden
with   acrimony:    "The    charming
Vancouver Police Department I've
had   my   fill    of   the    charming
Vancouver Police Department,* he
glowers.
"This is open season on the desperate down here.*
but this is different I'm. almost cowering in the space between the doors
of Woodward's—afraid to go out—as
if some terrible thing, some terror,
was coming (& not assuming any
knowledge) over the city, low buildings to the west behind the snow,
that to go out would be the beginning of knowing this city
George Stanley retired from his job
as an English professor at Capiiano
College last year, so he has lots of
time these days to finish the long
poem he started several years ago
called "Vancouver/ parts of which
you have been reading throughout
this article.
To write the first section, he used
a method called 'freewriting/ which
was invented by American poet Peter
Elbow.
"The idea of freewriting was to
get through your writer's block,"
explains Stanley, who has published a number of books of poetry
since moving to BC from San
Francisco in 1971.
"You just continue to write,
never stop, and if you get to a point
where you get a block you just keep
writing the word 'stuck stuck stuck
stuck stuck,' until you get tired of
doing that-and something (else Tyill
pop into your mind/
It's analogous to the quandary of
the DTES, where efforts and words
haven't yet managed to remove the
things blocking residents from participating in society. One wonders
what will happen under the city's
new mayor, Sam Sullivan. While
many feel that his neo-liberal, pro
big-business poHtics spell bad news
for people under economic hardships, there is also the feeling that he
may stick to his campaign promises
better than his predecessors.
I talked to him one evening by
telephone in the middle of his election campaign several weeks ago. He
was obviously tired, the campaign
trail was taking its toll, but he vowed
to see the Woodward's project come
to fruition.
"I don't beHeve that a new government should unravel the initiatives of a previous government.
This will be a lasting legacy for
[COPE, Jim Green and Larry
Campbell] and I am going to be
committed to making it happen/
Does he beHeve Woodward's
will revitalise the neighbourhood?
"Of course it is going to help/ he
responds, "but I think that anybody
that thinks Woodward's is going to
clean up the drug problem on the
Downtown Eastside is seriously
deluded/
He asserts that he will protect
people that rely on the hotels, but
insists that it's time the Downtown
Eastside opened up to development
Nevertheless, he has said that the
City will not neglect the needs of
social welfare recipients.
"We need to continue the poHcy
that the NPA estabhshed, which is a
one-to-one replacement. We've got to
turn the SROs [single-room occupancy suites, or deep-core housing] into
social housing/
In the meantime, the W still lights
up at the end of each day as it has
since 2003, when Jim Green had it
re-Ht to symboHse the revitahsation
of the DTES. Stanley muses about the
significance of the Woodward's W,
both then and now, concluding: "This
is what we got. It's tradition. And also
kind  of mysterious:  what does it
mean, to have a letter of the alphabet
revolving [against the skyHne]?* He
laughs, and says it is the "great letter"
of the alphabet because it stands for
the question-words who, what, when,
where and why.
Which is fitting, because the W
stands out against the sky like a red-
neon open question, forcing us to ask
ourselves what kind of city we are
building for the fiiture. II
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Li gets curious
with George
by Claudia Li
CULTURE STAFF
For the second time this year George Clooney has
drawn fire from critics for being unpatriotic.
Earlier this year, Clooney wrote, directed and
starred in Good Night, and Good Luck, which
recounts broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow's
scathing criticism of Senator Joseph McCarthy's
communist witch-hunt in the 1950s. Because of the
movie's portrayal of Murrow as a hero for standing
up to McCarthy, some conservatives in the US are
critical of its clear liberal slant.
Clooney, however, defended his right to make the
film in a phone interview earlier this week.
"When we were making Good Night, and Good
Luck...the only thing that we were saying was we
weren't going to be told that we can't dissent or
ask questions,* he said.
Those same conservative critics will likely be
similarly displeased with the actor's latest poHtical thriller, Syriana, which is produced by
Clooney and written and directed by Traffic
scribe Stephan Gaghan.
Like Traffic, Syriana features a dizzying cast
of characters and multiple converging storylines. The central plot revolves around Bob
Barnes (Clooney), a CIA operative on the verge of
retirement who is offered one last assignment—
the assassination of Prince Nasir (Alexander
Siddig), the monarch of an oil-producing Gulf
country who recently granted drilling rights to a
Chinese company. But when the assassination
attempt goes wrong, the CIA deserts Barnes and
he finally realises what he has been to the organisation all along: a mere pawn.
The film also features the stories of everyone
from Texan oil company CEOs to lawyers in
Washington DC to migrant workers in the energy fields of the Middle East, all of whom ultimately affect the business of oil.
Although Syriana seeks to expose the corruption of the oil industry in the United States and
abroad, Clooney doesn't necessarily see the movie
as a criticism of the current US administration.
"This is going after 50 or 60 years of flawed policies in the Middle East/ he explained. "This isn't
something that happened in the last four and a half
years. So in general, we certainly weren't making
this as a 'go get Bush thing.' It was much more of a
let's talk about some real problems, some fundamental problems with our addiction to oil."
"Our argument, of course, is to raise a debate,
not to tell people what the answers are, because
clearly we don't have any answers for this, the
issues or the problems,* he added. Despite the fact
that both of Clooney's movies this year have been
politically charged, he denies that politics are the
first thing on his mind when choosing his projects.
*I don't look at [a movie] per se for
poHtics...what I look for as an actor, or a director
for that matter, is the script first That's what you
need more than anything, a good script..because
you can make a really bad movie out of a good
script, but you just cannot make a good movie out
of a bad script, period.*
Syriana also marks a turning point in
Clooney's career. After gaining over 30 pounds
and growing a full beard for the role of Bob
Barnes, Clooney looks nothing like the Danny
Oceans and Doug Rosses of the past. So does
Syriana speU the end for Clooney's usual doc-
tor/crook/hottie image? Not necessarily.
"I'm not trying to portray an image of any
kind, Clooney asserts, "I was actuaUy just trying
to get specific films made and projects done that
I wanted to get done.*
"I wouldn't say that I'm trying to get away
from an image...the truth of the matter is that it's
ultimately because I'm interested in doing projects that raise questions and raise debate.* II
Ursic turns Scarlett over Johansson, bonds over teacup chihuahua
By Greg Ursic
CULTUREWRITER
When I received an e-mail asking if I wanted to interview cast members from the soon-to-be released
Woody Allen film Match Point, I wasted no time
penning an enthusiastic reply. The film, which
charts the dangers of obsession in relationships, is a
departure from Allen's tried and true format Match
Point is set in London rather than New York, Allen
doesn't make so much as a cameo, and there is not
a hint of his trademark neurotic comedy-stylings. I
was further intrigued to learn that I'd be on a four-
way conference call with Scarlett Johansson.
Johansson has been a Woody AUen fan from a
young age. "The first Woody Allen film I ever
saw was when I was like ten years old was
Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex But
Were Afraid to Ask. [It's] probably an inappropriate film for a ten year-old to see, but I
thought it was hilarious."
When asked what it was like to be a Woody Allen
female lead, her excitement was palpable: "I've
always been a huge fan of Woody... He's one of
those directors, those very few directors that I
always wanted to work with. I think we had a very
playful relationship on-set I could work with him
forever and never get bored. It [still] feels like a
dream come true."
Since dropping the 'childstar' mantle, Johansson
has been tagged as 'The It Girl,' The Next Big Thing'
and most recently a 'Femme Fatale.' I inquire as to
which label, for lack of a better word, the actor
would use to categorise herself. "It's a difficult
question to answer, to smack a label on yourself
because I think it's so unattractive to have a label."
I know that Johansson doesn't suffer fools, and I
brace for a cutting rejoinder. "I mean I'd never consider myself a femme fatale as I've never seduced
anyone and ruined their Hves," she says, laughing.
"At least as far as I know."
But after having worked in virtuaUy every
genre and with directors with radicaHy different
styles (think Woody AUen and Michael Bay), I'm
curious as to whether she can identify the one
role that had the most profound effect on her and
JOHANSSON
why? As it's one of those 'which-one-of-your-chil-
dren-is-your-favorite?' kind of questions, I expect
it will require some careful reflection, but she
responds after only a moment of hesitation:
"Probably playing Grace in The Horse
Whisperer."
"I was 12 years old and
going through puberty which
is an ugly time,' she laughs
nervously. "I went from
being an actor, a kid actor, a
very natural kind, to learning
how to manipulate my emotions which is what acting is
aU about. And working with
Bob Redford was so amazing
to me and that really had a
profound effect on my career
and my view of acting."
I interject: "so it helped you to move to that
next level?" and she repfies with an enthusiastic
"Oh yes, absolutely! It was a turning point for
me—going from a kid actor to an actor."
I switch gears and go with a Match Point-specific question: do philandering cads like Chris
(Johnathan Rhys Meyers) colour her real world
view of men? "My view of men is constantly
coloured by the encounters I have with them daily,*
she laughs once again. "Men, women, all people are
surprising in their actions. I don't pick one sex over
the other."
I foHow up with something I've always been
curious about—what it must be like when the camera stops rolling after a nasty scene with someone.
Does it feel awkward?
"No, not really, I mean you do strange things all
the time. It's weird to have lunch with somebody
and a poHte tea then like roH around animaHstical-
ly in a hayfield. Then you have lunch with him the
next day and share a makeup trailer."
I couldn't have asked for a better segue into
my next question. How difficult was it to film that
scene (set in the aforementioned hayfield) and
how did the actor avoid catching hypothermia?
Johansson groans.
"Ugh, it was freezing and I think I got the flu
actuaUy—I made Woody buy me soup for the
next week. And I had this huge swoUen eye cause
I have this displaced wheat aUergy, I'm rolling
around in this wet field, it was horrible.* She
punctuates the point with a shriek as if someone
has just dropped an ice cube down her shirt.
"And I'm wearing this conveniant/j'transparent
shirt. It was reaHy a drag, and..." her voice rises
in disbeHef, "we had to shoot that twice, because
he [AUen] didn't get the right angle that he wanted and I was so miserable. So right after we got
the take I was sopping wet and I ran over to
Woody and gave him this like enormous hug and
he was drenched and I said 'There you go. I feel
better now.'"
It was now time for the inevitable relationship question: What about Maggie, her true
love? In case you didn't know, Maggie is her
teacup chihuahua.
"Maggie does come to set with me,* she
explains. "I have to look out for her—we have no
au pair and she needs a lot of loving and affection," she explains with mock seriousness.
"Unfortunately while we were shooting in
London I couldn't take her with me because of
the quarantine and she was too Httie to go with
me. But now I can—I've applied for my pet passport so now I travel with her. Thank god!" she
exclaims triumphantly.
I relate a brief anecdote: soon after getting our
cat, my then-girlfriend and I went to Kauai. While
sipping champagne in the hot tub, we watch as a
glorious sunset unfolds. We turn to one another,
stare deeply into each other's eyes, and in unison
say "I wonder how Sasha [our cat] is?*
Johansson sighs, "Yeah, I know it's reaUy
hard, I felt the same way. I could be on a glamorous red carpet like in the middle of Leicester
Square with everyone screaming and I'm thinking 1 hope Maggie's okay back home," and we
both laugh. She adds, "She's just precious,* then
pauses for a moment, and chuckles "but she's a
pain in the ass too."
There you have it. When in doubt—go with the
pet question.Look for Match Point to hit theatres
in January 2006. II
La Vie Boheme
RENT
now playing
by Jenn Cameron
CULTURE STAFF
"Dearly beloved, we gather here to
say our goodbyes. Here she fies. No
one knew her worth, the late, great
daughter of Mother Earth. On this
night when we celebrate the birth.
In that Httie town of Bethlehem, we
raise our glass—you bet your ass—
to La Vie Boheme."
In spite of today's reaHsts, cynics,
and anti-sentimentaHsts, Chris
Columbus has offered one last toast
to Jonathan Larson and his idealistic
vision of the rock and roll infused
Bohemian lifestyle of the 90s. Most of
the original cast, including Idina
Menzel, joins him at the table, aU
raising their glasses and pouring out
their hearts "to apathy, to entropy, to
empathy, to ecstasy...la vie Boheme."
Glorifying the impoverished, yet
perpetuaUy optimistic youth of New
York City, Columbus's film adaptation of Rent brings the romantic to
blubbering tears while the skeptic
rolls her eyes with a smile. With
impressive and exciting group song
and dance numbers wedged between
insufferably long musical montages,
the film manages to be both terrible
and fantastic at the same time.
The story centres around two
roommates: a weepy, geeky and persistent anti-capitaHst film maker,
Mark (Anthony Rapp), and Roger
(Adam Pascal), a tired, emotionaUy
closed-off ex-drug addict who has lost
a lover to AIDS. Mark has recently
been dumped by his recently turned
lesbian girlfriend Maureen (Idina
Menzel) and Roger is about to meet
Mimi, the exotic dancer downstairs,
played by Rosario Dawson.
But the most dynamic characters
are those on the sidelines: Tom (Jesse
L. Martin), a former philosophy
instructor and his lover Angel
(Wilson Jermaine Heredia), a pure-
hearted transvestite. While the other
characters tediously grapple with
self-doubt and rage, these two AIDS
survivors offer each other only comfort and love, and without a trace of
sarcasm, I dare say are the perfect
Bohemian couple.
This group of social misfits, joined
by Maureen's new lover, Joanne
(Trade Thorns), become a loving family as they struggle against the face of
AIDS, drugs, and of course, the overdue rent And though watching the
characters muddle around is often
cheesy and tedious, there are two
redeeming quaHties: sincerity and wit
Despite the angst, the characters
are charming and real. One can only
grin back at Martin's ceaselessly joUy
face, and chuckle at Dawson's spidery legs winding around the dance
pole. And reaUy, who can resist
watching twenty couples tango in perfect sync?
And though the solos got nothing
out of me other than a smirk (espe-
ciaHy those involving Roger singing
in the desert), the awesome spectacle
of the group numbers like "La Vie
Boheme," which featured a cheeky
mock funeral, certainly impressed.
As a celebration of free love, compassion, and strength over adversity,
Rent epitomises a tradition that cannot fade without a toast II
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November 23,2005- December 6th Memorial Events at UBC
On December 6th, 1989, 14 women were murdered at the Ecole Polytechnique
in Montreal by a man who believed that women and the feminist movement were
responsible for his failure to gain entrance to the school. As a result of this event,
and in acknowledgement of widespread and continuing issues of violence
against women, December 6th is officially designated as the National Day of
Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.
At UBC, the December 6th Memorial Committee, comprised of UBC students,
staff, and on-campus resource service providers, has planned several events to
commemorate the women who lost their lives at the Ecole Polytechnique and to
encourage reflection on issues of systematic violence against women in Canada.
The day will be marked several actions. These will include the placement of
silhouetted figures, or 'silent witnesses' around campus. Each of these will carry
information about violence against women and suggestions for actions against
violence.
There will also be four candle displays set up between 10:00am and 12:30pm
outside of the the Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender
Relations, on Maclnnes Field between the bus loop and the Student Union Building, at the Engineering Cairn and outside of 99 Chairs. At these stations,
students can light a candle to remember and honour victims and survivors of
violence against women.
The day's events will end at 1:00pm with a vigil, speakers and refreshments on
the main concourse of the Student Union Building at UBC.
For more inforamtion:
Stephanie Kellington, sascprog@ams.ubc.ca / (604) 827-5180
or
Mariana Payet, safety@ams.ubc.ca / (604) 822-9319
SHIFT into the SLC
Are you ready to make a difference? Get connected? Be inspired?
On Saturday January 14, 2006, UBC and the AMS partner to bring you the 4th
annual Student Leadership Conference (SLC). This year, SHIFT: SLC 2006
will be a venue for 750 students, representing all years and faculties, to gather,
share and learn.
Whether you are looking for a way to get involved, want to build your leadership
skills or are ready to give back to the next generation of UBC student leaders, the
SLC is the place to be. Register online at www.ams.ubc.ca/slc.
Early Bird Registration $20 until December 17, 2005.
Regular Registration $25 until January 7, 2006.
Want to do more?
Present a program to your peers at the SLC.
December 2, 2005 at:
www.ams.ubc.ca/slc/workshopregistration.cfm
Submit a proposal online by
Volunteer. We need volunteers to assist with promotions, registration, workshop introductions, set-up, clean-up and general conference preparations. Sign
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UBC World AIDS Day 2005
Calendar of Events:
Monday, November 28—Gallery Night. Doors open at 7, event starts at 8.
Event includes a speaker from AIDS Vancouver, and great local bands,
including Whyte Hott and Beware of the Kids. Cover is $5 and includes an
AIDS ribbon and condom.
Tuesday, November 29—HIV 101. An hour presentation on the basics of
HIV education, awareness campaigns, prevention, treatment and activism.
Starts at 5 o'clock in Woodward 3. Free food! Admission free.
Wednesday, November 30^—Panel discussion. Speakers include Nicole
Fulton, MSF Aid Worker and UBC Nursing grad; Jackline Awoko, TEMA
Project coordinator; and Brenda Ogembo; Africa Awareness co-chair. 5-7 in
SUB 211. Free food! Admission free.
Thursday, December 1 (World AIDS Day!)—HIV/AIDS Film Festival.
10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Norm Theatre. Raffle and free popcorn, condoms,
chocolate and ribbons! Admission free. Candlelight vigil—5-6 at Mclnnes
Field. Enjoy African drumming and free hot chocolate!
Friday, December 2—Improv Night. Come see a great show put on by
UBC Improv! 7 to 9 p.m., Scarfe 100. Admission by donation (suggested
donation $3, includes an AIDS ribbon).
Don't forget to pick up an
AIDS ribbon for $1 at the
SUB from 10-3, Mon to Fri!
All proceeds go to the
TEMA Project, a Kenya-based
project started by a UBC
graduate student focusing
on helping AIDS orphans
and widows.
For more information,
comments, or questions
please contact wad.ubc@gmail.com.
Participant groups: AMS Resource Groups,
Africa Awareness, UBC Red Cross, MSF UBC,
UBC FIC, Phrateres, Wellness Centre, Pride UBC,
Sexual Assault Support Centre, International Relations Student Association,
Global Outreach Students Association, Caribbean African Association,
UBC Amnesty International, AIDS Vancouver,
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HENRY ROLLINS
Vogue
November 14
Most men swoon over young leggy
models, saHvating over the thought
that they might one day see them Hve
in the flesh as opposed to gazing
longingly at the pages of adult magazines. While I generally share this
caveman-like primal instinct, on
Monday, November 14 I swooned
over someone completely different;
on this fair day the object of my
affection was not a blazingly attractive female, but rather a forty-something foul-mouthed man adorned
with a plethora of fading tattoos and
greyhairs.
Henry Rollins immediately made
a name for himself with his outrar
geous stage antics and his outspokenly crass social commentary, first
estabHshing notoriety as the lead
singer of the seminal punk band
Black Flag. Covered in badly drawn
black tattoos and with the physique of
a body builder, Rollins was an unmistakable enigma at a time when big
hair and spandex were the staples of
the choice in mainstream music.
With Black Flag parting ways in the
late 1980s, Henry went on to pursue
other opportunities within the entertainment industry. Publishing several novels and short stories about his
experiences on the road and trying
his hand at acting (with roles in such
gems as Johnny Mnemonic and Bad
Boys H), Rollins has tried to strike it
big in every medium. But Hve performance is still his bread and butter.
Whether with his experimental rock
project, Rollins Band, or simply his
crowd pleasing spoken word performances, Henry proves that he still
knows how to entertain.
Which brings us back to why I
found myself filled with a sense of
giddiness unmatched by a young
school girl at a Backstreet Boys concert Stuck in the middle of his '20
Years of Bullshit' Spoken Word
Tour, the Vancouver date marks
Henry's third time back to BC in four
years—and I couldn't have been happier. I was struck with the diversity
of the turn out; everybody from 18
year old dirty, leather-clad street
punks, to 9-5 middle management
yes-men stood in line to hear Rollins
cuss and bitch about life and society.
And like me, all these people were
immeasurably excited.
With a certain feeling of electricity
in the air, we all stepped into the
grimy theater to find our seats; the
lights dimmed and out stepped the
man of the hour in all his faded glory.
Wearing his signature grey t-shirt and
black jeans, he jumped right into it
bashing Bush, recalling stories about
his adventure in an American hunting store and essentially catching us
up on the havoc he's been wreaking
around the world since his last visit
Somewhere between the stories
about his trek through Russia and his
time on the latest USO tour, it struck
me why he has such a following, and
probably why I'm so excited to see
him every time he comes to town.
He's real. In society where celebrities
are larger than life and portrayed as
flawless, he's one of the few entertainers that is openly accepting of the
fact that he's as screwed up, and likely more so, than the majority of his
audience. That's what makes Henry
Rollins so great; every time he speaks
it's like a collective celebration that
one of our own, a regular guy, somehow duped the world into accepting
him as an icon, and it is for this that
we love him. In Henry we trust
—Sean Lee
SOUTH OF THE BORDER: Propagandhi bring its working class, folk-punk, pyjama bottom stylings to the Bellingham outlet store frontier.
STARS
Commodore
November 21
"Sex and death. That's what we cover.
That's our oeuvre,* announced
Torquil Campbell, frontman of Stars.
The Montreal band's sold-out performance at the Commodore
Ballroom was a huge success, drawing a large crowd of twenty-somethings who know good music when
they hear it
Opening the show was The
Thurston Revival, a six-piece band
from Vancouver headed bv a man
known only as O'ConneU. They only
performed five songs, two of which
were basically identical, but they get
bonus points for using a keytar. The
music was a mishmash of genres,
but that's not necessarily a bad
thing. With an upbeat tempo and a
1920s microphone, Thurston managed to get the crowd going, even if
some members of the audience
were mostly shouting to get Stars on
the stage. O'Connell ended the quick
set saying, "I think this is our last
song because I'm making a huge
puddle up here." (One hopes he was
referring to perspiration.)
Next up was the trio by the name
of Bontempi, formed in Halifax and
now based in Vancouver. Their set
was perhaps a mite too long, but at
least they showed a lot of talent. StiH,
they probably would have sounded
better if Carla GilHs, lead vocaHst
and guitarist, was working with a
better mic.
And Stars make harmonising
seem so easy. Campbell, Amy Millan,
and five other band members put on
a melodic, soothing show that had all
the energy of a hard rock concert
They came on stage much later than
expected, but the audience would
have been willing to stay even later.
"We know it's Vancouver,* said
Campbell. "We know it's late, we
know you have Pilates at 7am, but
you'll just be hung over for it*
The blend of CampbeU and
Millan's voices provided the perfect
balance to the fusion of their band-
mates' instruments. Stars featured a
violinist who stayed nearer to the
shadows at the back of the stage, but
the bittersweet strains of her violin
gave some songs an oddly haunting
quaHty that seemed almost out of
place in a crowded concert haU.
There were many upbeat pop-style
songs to even out the mix though,
and Campbell occasionally broke out
the trumpet for a few passionate
instrumental breaks.
Stars ended the set with the popular song 'Calendar Girl,* but that wasn't the end of the show. The amateur
concert-goers began emptying the
floor, but everyone knows that if you
chant the band's name loud enough,
they'll come back for more. After
about a minute of waiting around
backstage, Stars returned for a three-
song encore beginning with "What
The Snowman Learned About Love,*
a song whose intro most people probably wouldn't choose for crowd-surfing. The drummer illustrated just
how wrong they were by gently lowering himself into the audience to the
deHcate plucking of the guitar.
For part of their encore. Stars
brought out some maracas, a mom,
and The Organ, a Vancouver4>ased
aU-female quintet who had just
stepped off the plane returning from
their UK tour. After a fun romp
around on the stage, only a few band
members remained for their melancholy final song, "Tonight,* closing
the show weU past midnight.
One stage, seven people, infinite
artistry: that's all Stars needed for a
soHd performance.
—Gemini Cheng
CUBAN MUSIC SPECTACULAR:
DAVID CALZADOAND THE CHARANGA HABANERA
Croatian Cultural Centre
November 5
Imagine if N'Sync was a Latin band; if
Capoeira dancers did flips while they
played trumpets; if Santana could
sing and dance, and there were 15 of
these folks on stage all at the same
time—why, they'd set the roof on fire!
David Calzado and the Charanga
Habanera did exactly that at the
Croatian Cultural Centre earHer this
month, inciting the huge and enthusiastic audience to burn up the dance
floor. It was the first time this famous
young Cuban band has ever come to
Vancouver in 14 years of band-hood,
and the concert was a wild success!
It was not one of those tame salsa
evenings where the music is more
canned than old tuna and only the
eHte and 'partnered' are allowed to
dance. On this particular evening,
everyone was hopping and bobbing,
grinding and winding, and busting
out in whatever style suited them. But
most eyes were riveted on the
band. After the drummer humped
his congas doggy-style, supported
on his hands in mid-air, nobody
wanted to miss a beat in case it happened again!
So yes, La Charanga Hved up to
their name and fame. Playing a style
called timba, an urban, raw-sounding
popular style of Cuban salsa, the
Charanga is made up of 15 young
guys including drums, keyboards,
singers, dancers, and four awesome
trumpet players. Their sound has an
edge and energy that you would not
get from older salsa bands.
I was especiaUy pleased to hear
how they mixed salsa with contemporary pop while still honouring Cuban
and African traditions; for example,
they began with a Spanish-language
rendition of the Mariah Carey/Busta
Rhymes song *I Know What You
Want*—instead of *Baby if you give it
to me,* it's "Baby si tu me lo das.*
By the end of the concert the room
was so hot that the band started to sing
of 'agua/ splashing water on down on
to the crowd. It evaporated as it hit our
sizzling skins, unable to quench the
Cuban fire.
For upcoming Cuban concerts in
VanCity check out www.afrolatinapro-
ductions.com and www.timba.com.
—Erin Hope-Goldsmith
PROPAGANDHI/
GREG MACPHERSON
Bellingham
November 18
Propagandhi haven't played a live
show in over two years, and having just released a new album,
Potemkin City Limits, their first in
almost five years, it's safe to say
that there was a considerable
amount of anticipation when they
hit the road again this year.
The album itself is possibly
their best release thus far, brim
ming with hard-rocking, intricately crafted songs that follow in the
vein of 2003's Today's Empires,
Tomorrow's Ashes.
I ventured across the border to
Bellingham on November 18 to see
the first show of their Crimean Tour
—a name related to the title of their
new album. The opening band, Axes
of Evil (very clever) played some for-
gettable music that made no
impression whatsoever.
But enter Greg MacPherson to
save the day, armed with a blend of
working-class-folk-punk and a genuine intensity that fit perfectly with
every lyric and note. Seeing this
diminutive man play his heart out
on his weathered green guitar,
often using his fingers as a painful
substitute for a pick, was truly
inspirational.
Then came Propagandhi. Glen,
the band's new singer and guitarist, hit the stage in a fashionable red housecoat and pyjama
bottoms. He was backed by drummer Jord, clearly uninhibited
about displaying his aging, rather
unattractive body; staying true to
Glen's mission statement to "make
poHtics sexy.* They opened with
the first three songs from their
new album, then launched into a
set chock-full of fan favourites,
both old and new. Among the old
were classics 'Haillie SaUasse, Up
Your Ass,* "Stick The Fucking
Flag Up Your Goddamn Ass,
You Sonofabitch,* and "Nailing
Descartes To The Wall.*
This is not be the same band of
19-year-old skid punks who made
How To Clean Everything and even
dared to release the almost un-Hs-
tenable Where Quantity Is Job #1.
They have progressed, both musi-
caUy and lyrically. Bassist Todd the
Rod, in a discussion after the show,
said it's good to finaUy be back on
the road, playing songs to people
outside of their basement practice
space. WeU, it's good to finaUy hear
something from such a seminal
Canadian band whose members
usuaUy seem so content with being
holed up in Winnipeg, sheltering
themselves from the world about
which they are so admittedly jaded.
—David Sienema
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Tuesday, 29 November, 2005   THEUBYSSEY
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An innovative Band-Aid
It's been one year since the
municipal government adopted
plans to turn the Woodward's
building into a multi-functional
potpourri, a model of social
engineering. While it doesn't
look like much has happened,
aside from keeping squatters out
of the building over the past
year, according to the recent flux
of glossy brochures (advertising
the condos that wiH be coming
up for sale in the next while)
something must have been
happening.
The Vancouver Sun suggested
that aU the parties were fence-sitting to see if the results of the
municipal election would change
anything, and since Sam
SulHvan's election, the project
does seem to be taking off again.
Sullivan has promised to
forge ahead with the ambitious
contract hammered out by outgoing mayor Larry CampbeU's
COPE-run City Council and by all
accounts things seem to be getting back on track. While we do
support the social housing that
wiU be created by the new
Woodward's building, it is
important to recognise that it is
isn't reaUy doing much to solve
poverty in the Downtown
Eastside (DTES).
On the one hand the
Woodward's project is revolutionary. Juxtaposing residential housing for the rich and poor with
learning spaces is a brave and
forward thinking attempt to get
rid of some of the stigma surrounding people who Hve in the
DTES. On the other hand, the
new Woodward's building wiU
ironicaUy contribute to the gentrification the DTES by pushing up
property values to the point that
soon only the rich wiH be able to
afford to Hve there.
Even if the new Woodward's is
being marketed as "inteUectuai
property* and "cornmunity,* it
seems that many people are buying into the Woodward's condos
because they see them as an
investment. Since its conception,
many other developers have
bought land in the DTES in the
hopes of erecting high-end condos. This is fine, in a sense,
because it's going to take private
business interests to come up
with the capital needed to break
the DTES out of its present economic stagnation. But should we
allow the DTES to end up becoming another Yaletown? Should we
aUow the poor and homeless to
be conveniently swept off somewhere else in time for the
Olympics? To Burnaby perhaps?
Obviously creating the minimum of 100 units (or maximum
of 250) outlined in the plans isn't
enough to get the scores of drug
users, prostitutes, mentaUy iU
and just plain destitute off the
streets of the DTES. Building a
pretty whitewash of condos isn't
going to help them, either.
SulHvan needs to make a commitment to create more innovative
social housing projects in the
DTES. It is a grave injustice to push
citizens around based on their
income. And while we're not saying
that the present course of property
development can be stopped, we
are saying that the mixed income
housing model at the new
Woodward's needs to play out in
one way or another aU across a
revitaHsed DTES.
Which leads us to mixed-
income housing. The rich and
poor don't need to Hve on top of
each other, not by any means. But
it does speak to a certain level of
social and communal health that
the most and least affluent members of society have regular contact with each other by sharing
neighbourhoods. Otherwise, we
create a city of gated communities and ghettos.
So far there has been no indi
cation that the project's developers wiU be marketing to a sociaUy
conscious demographic and this
raises concerns. When new residents start coming in droves,
there should be a previous understanding that this is a social engineering experiment; otherwise,
the project's purpose wiH be
unachievable.
FaiHng the innovative force of
plans for the new Woodward's,
the least SulHvan can do is Hve
up to his campaign promise,
which was to replace one for one
the single-room occupant rooms
presently in the DTES with social
housing that is affordable for people on welfare. AUowing people to
continue Hving in 'hotels' with
shit and blood on the floors of the
bathrooms and slumlords who
steal their tenants' money is
unacceptable.
So while the Woodward's
building is creating social housing, we hope that it doesn't lead
to a short sightedness in the
minds of Vancouverites. The
problems in the DTES are much
larger than 100-250 places in a
restored cultural landmark. While
it may be a very nice Band-Aid,
the revamped Woodward's building is by no means a solution to
the woes of Vancouver's DTES. II
Letters
AMS apologises
for Partners for Peace
rniscommunication
On November 21, an event
hosting the IsraeH and Jordanian
ambassadors to Canada, called
"Partners for Peace* was held in
the Norm Theatre. At that event,
members of the public and
students without student cards
were turned away at the door. At
the time, AMS staff involved in
the event befieved these to be the
wishes of the event organisers—
we know now that this was not
the case.
We are very sorry for any hurt
or embarrassment caused by this
event and take responsibility for
the rniscommunication. As the
student government, it is our
purpose and responsibility to
promote the free exchange of
ideas at our university so that
the views of aU students are
protected and the right of aU
students to develop their own
opinions is fostered.
The AMS is committed to
ensuring that dialogue and
understanding between ethno-
cultural groups within our
community grows and that
cooperation with campus and
community partners increases
for future events. We regret our
oversight with this event and ask
for the forgiveness of the
students that we faithfuUy
represent.
—Manj Sidhu and Spencer
Keys, AMS Vice-President of
Administration and AMS
President
HIV testing hits home
Regarding your "Rapid HIV test
breaks ground in Canada* [Nov.
22] story:
The title of your story brought an
immediate feeling of reHef but after
reading the content I was left feeling
disappointed. First of all, I felt the
reference "they're usuaUy so strung
up (the correct term is "strung out")
on drugs and focusing on their next
fix. They are not focusing on other
healthcare necessarily," is stigmatic
and not an accurate depiction of the
current groups with the largest
growing HIV/AIDS infection rates,
which according to the latest
research are heterosexual women
and heterosexual aboriginal women
and not people who use intravenous
drugs. Secondly, the closing remark,
"it's probably safest to keep it within
the a healthcare paradigm [nurses,
doctors or healthcare workers],*
completely overlooks those
unfortunate groups who contract
HIV/AIDS at work as a result of a
negligent act by a physician or as a
victim of crime. I am referring to
those victims who might otherwise
be saved from this dreaded disease
simply via commencing prophylaxis
antiretroviral treatment
immediately upon confirmation of a
positive rapid HIV test result. This
rapid test has been used in the US
for years, in fact its use is
mandatory in emergency rooms to
anyone who arrives with an open
wound. Had the rapid HIV test been
available here in Canada, my wife
and I would have been saved from
our own certain HIV/AIDS deaths.
— The author is a UBC student
Streeters
What do you think
should happen to the
old Woodward's
building"
"Use it for social housing. It seems
like there's a need for it."
—Gillian Mox ham
Political Science 4
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"A mix of social and market housing, because otherwise people
won't stay, and retail and office
space. "
—Justin Howard
Political Science 4
"It should be committed to low
income housing."
—Allen Chen
Arts 2
"Homeless shelters, or something
for the homeless."
—Pearl Lau
Psychology 3
"It's hard to say. I'm not from
Vancouver. Maybe safe injection
sites?"
—Henry Klosowski
UVic Student
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Carolynne Burkholder THEUBYSSEY   Tuesday, 29 November, 2005
Culture 15
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Hoho chic
by Jessalynn Keller
CULTUREWRITER
One of the best things about the approaching
hoHday season is the opportunity to emancipate
your inner fashionista. Christmas parties, New
Years parties, and cocktails with hometown
friends provide the perfect opportunity to step
out of your usual casual attire and embrace life
as a slightly classier woman.
But what to wear on these occasions? Putting
together your own unique hoHday look is easy
as long as you follow a few basic guidelines.
Glamour girls can rejoice—hoHday fashion
this year is about gHtz, glam, and luxury. It
will be difficult to ignore this pervasive
theme, so embracing it is a must if you're
looking for something new. Trendy stores
around Vancouver are filled with a myriad of
velvet, lace, rhinestones and sparkles, garnishing everything from shoes to camisoles
to dresses.
Gabriela Fearn, a sales associate at Liquid
Clothing (2050 West 4th), recommends anything by American line "Free People/ which she
describes as 'all pretty and sparkly this season/
A popular piece has been the Tines above
the knee' black skirt that tiers at the bottom,
accented with a lace trim and a velvet ribbon
around the waist It's a gem because it can be
worn to a formal work function with a dressy
top and a pair of pumps, or can be paired up
with a cool pair of boots for a night on the
town with friends.
And therein Hes the key to this fashion season—choosing pieces that satisfy both hoHday
glam and everyday cool. Otherwise, you'll be
stashing that fantastic camisole into the back
of your closet in early January after only wearing it twice.
For those looking to splurge on a dress this
ACCESSORISE! Add an accordion or a banjo for extra bling. yinan max wang photo
season Fearn suggests something by AHce and
Wonderland or Blushing—both local Vancouver
designers. The store carries an array of styles
from both lines at reasonable prices. For the 90
per cent of women who struggle with finding
the perfect fitting dress, Fearn says that the
Blushing dresses are a good fit for a number of
different body types.
And the coolest thing about purchasing
from a local designer (aside from supporting the local arts scene) is that you can rest
assured that your sister won't show up at the
Christmas dinner table wearing the exact
same mass-produced dress.
Down the road at Fab Clothing (2177 West
4th), glam clothing and accessories also fill the
sunken store. The hottest look for the season
revolves around a more glamourised version of
what we've been wearing all fall. "A velvet blazer paired with a sexy top and dark wash, clean
cut jeans—with sharp boots and a big belt—and
you're set,* summarises Anne Farzan, the
owner of the store.
Following the cue of Marc Jacob's fall
2005 collection, black is back in all its sexy
glory. Farzan emphasises teaming a black
sexy top with any coloured blazer to turn
heads. It's a look that is respectable enough to
wear around grandma (just be sure to keep
the blazer on) but edgy enough to wear out
downtown with friends long after the turkey
is digested.
Black can also easily be matched with gold
and silver—both of which are huge for the hoH-
days. So don't be afraid to add gHtzy silver shoes
to your wardrobe. It's actually Hberating after
years of boring black pumps.
And last but not least, remember to accessorise. The rule for accessories remains the
same as in the fall—the bigger the better. But
do trade the earthier fall pieces in for necklaces, belts, and earring that shimmer. Jack
and Jill on GranviUe Street at 12th Avenue
has a wide selection of big, cool, chucky belts
adorned with rhinestones that can add extra
attitude to any black dress pant or pair of
dark jeans. Just remember that Christmas is
not an excuse to be tacky—choose one core
accessory and emphasize it, otherwise you
may be confused for an over-decorated
Christmas tree.
So embrace your inner glamour queen this
hoHday season, and treat yourself to a month of
living—or at least dressing—like a princess, a
Chrismassacre
kills caroling
TASTE OF CHRISTMAS
Various Artists
WARC0N Enterprizes
by Colleen Tang
CULTURE STAFF
Here is an Xmas album that I wouldn't recommend for a carol session. However, while
this collection of Christmas songs might be an
unconventional soundtrack for an apple cider
sing-a-along, those who find themselves not
feeling the Christmas spirit now have something with which to sing along.
Taste of Christmas is a compilation of
18 alternative punk bands singing their
own twisted versions of popular Christmas
songs. Some bands might be familiar such
as The Used and My American Heart.
However, all the bands add their own
kick and rock flavour to favourites like
"Jungle Bells/ 'Last Christmas/ 'Happy
Christmas* and "First Noel/
While some songs are acoustically oriented, appropriate for hot chocolate by the
fireplace, others like 'Christmas Evel* and
'Chzistmassacre* are for those against the
Christmas cheer entirely. The dark side of
Christmas is here in full force, but everyone would do well to consider this a good
alternative to the manic stylings of Alvin
and the Chipmunks.
And who said Christmas is all about
sparkles and happiness anyway? This album
will go perfectly with a spiked eggnog and a
bumpin house party. One note of caution:
^ceep it away from the Httie ones. 'Santa is
going to die* is not exactly the comforting
refrain that the Httie ones should hear when
they're waiting for Santa to bring them gifts, a
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