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The Ubyssey Mar 5, 1996

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Array Manufactured by ex-twelve year olds since 1918
Birdmen maul Bears in Canada West final
by Wolf Depner
John Dumont's colossal fadeaway jumper in the dying seconds
caught nothing but net,
propelling the T-Birds to a 79-78
victory in game one of this
weekend's Canada West men's
basketball championship.
The shot capped a dramatic
20-point second half comeback
over the defending CIAU
champion Alberta Golden Bears
and sent War Memorial Gym's
2000 fans into a frenzy.
The victory's momentum
carried over into Saturday, as the
Birds soared to a decisive 84-66
conquest. The weekend sweep
assures UBC, ranked number
one in the country, top seed in
the CIAU championship in
Halifax in two weeks.
UBC guard Ken Morris said
the win felt incredible. "That's
what I have dreamt of since I
came here, and it feels as sweet
as the dreams are."
"Being Can West champs is a
great feeling," echoed Dumont,
who was visibly overwhelmed by
the mayhem that ensued after
Saturday's final horn.
Dumont is already looking
ahead to a national title. "We're
going to show those teams from
the east that there is good basketball being played out here."
"Our job is obviously not done
yet. We are trying to win three
more games," said UBC coach
Bruce Enns, who took Canada
West coach of the year honours.
"As far as I'm concerned, we
have really accomplished a major
goal here," he said. "[In 92/93]
we were really struggling with
some of the same guys who are
here now."
That year the 13-19 Birds
missed the playoffs and drew
harsh criticism. "I told [the team]
that we weren't losers, we just did
not know how to win the real, big,
close game."
And no game was bigger or
closer than Friday's thrilling
series opener.
... continued on page 2
Labour   questions
youth jobs program
AIR MORRIS. T-Bird team leader Ken Morris slips another one by the outstretched hand of Alberta Golden
Bear Peter Knechtel. Despite a severe flu which almost kept him on the bench this weekend, Morris led the
Birds with 48 points over the weekend. SCOtt hayward photo
by Chris Nuttall-Smith
A joint federal government
and business proposal to create
about 50,000 internships for
highschool and university
graduates has labour and student
leaders unimpressed.
Under the proposed "First
Jobs" program, a government
agency would place recent
graduates in interships at
participating corporations. The
companies would pay wages of
about $1000 a month.
BC Federation of Labour
spokesperson Mary Rowles says
the program will provide cheap
labour to the same corporations
that are currently firing workers
in the face of huge profits.
She says it's business, not
recent graduates, that stands to
gain most from the arrangement.
"What they'll benefit from is
a desperate group of young
people that will end up working
for them very cheaply for a short
period of time," she said.
She also worries that the
program could be easily abused
by business.
"Having an agency to vet
applications and make placements is not the same thing as
monitoring these placements in
the workplace. It's the kind of
program that very quickly spins
out of control."
Canadian Federation of
Students BC Chair Michael
Gardiner says he is equally
"I don't know if the Liberals
expect us to applaud them for
coming up with 50,000 jobs that
are going to place people at
minimum wage for positions that
paid much better than minimum
wage in the past," he said.
The proposal comes just one
week after Prime Minister
Chretien asked Canadian
business to increase their hiring
in his Speech from the Throne.
CFS national spokesperson
Simone Saint Pierre complained
that labour and student groups
hadn't been properly consulted
over the program. "It's kind of
funny that a youth employment
program has been developed
without the input of youth," she
said. She added that corporations
should be willing to create jobs
without government assistance.
BC Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director Ted George
says he supports the ostensible
objective behind First Jobs-
providing training for recent
graduates-but he's against having
the government spend more
money on job creation. George
says that the federal government
should work to strengthen small
business instead.
"We've stated quite
categorically that if government
would start to reduce the amount
of paper burden for small
business and allow them the
opportunity to go on with their
job, then we'll have a larger
increase in employment," he said.
Meanwhile, Rowles says First
Jobs won't do much to reduce
Canadian unemployment. "The
only aspect of this program that
we agree with is that
[corporations] are admitting that
there is a problem with youth
unemployment. But we just don't
think that creating cheap labour
is a good thing."
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Birds maul..
Alberta dominated the first
half as the nervous T-Birds
coughed up the ball fifteen times,
trailing 46-32 at the half. "It was
just one of those collective funks,"
Morris said. "All five of us were just
waiting for something to happen
instead of making things happen."
With just over thirteen minutes
left in the second half the Birds
trailed by a whopping 20 points,
a seemingly insurmountable
deficit. Bolstered by a supportive
crowd, the Birds cranked up the
heat and exploited Alberta's zone
defence with strong passing
inside to 6'7" Curtis Mepham and
Mark Tinholt.
As UBC steadily narrowed the
gap, the frustrated Golden Bears
lost their concentration and let
the Birds claw back. Brady
Ibbetson's steal from Golden
■ continued from page 1
Bear Tally Sweiss led to a three-
pointer from Gerald Cold to tie
the game at 74 apiece with just
1:18 left.
Alberta's Greg Sale answered
with an easy lay up, but UBC
grabbed the lead when Morris
nailed a second trey. The Bears
responded with two as Murray
Cunningham scored over Eric
Butler to put Alberta ahead 78-
77 with 31 seconds remaining.
UBC moved the ball into
Alberta territory and with nine
seconds left, Dumont's game-
winning fade-away jumper sent
the crowd into hysterics. "I knew
that we needed a big score. They
were double-teaming [Morris]
because they thought he was
going to take the shot," he said.
"So I got the ball, faked, drove to
the middle and jumped up like I
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do every practice. I didn't really
think about it, I just shot it and it
went in."
Alberta had one last chance,
but Greg DeVries' shot went off
the backboard and the Birds
gained possession after a
maddening scramble on the floor.
"It was a great ball game. You
can't ask for much more than that,
but I'm really disappointed we
lost," conceded Alberta coach
Don Horwood. "I thought we
should have won the game, but
that's the way it goes."
The Birds came out much
more focused from the start
Saturday night, committing only
ten turn-overs and shooting 93
percent from the foul line-an
amazing feat considering their
recent dismal performances from
the charity-stripe.
UBC's inside game continued
to work well while Alberta's big
men up-front, Peter Knechtel and
Cunningham, ran into early foul
But the real key to UBC's
success was its aggressive
defence, holding Alberta's
leading scorer, DeVries, to just
eleven points.
"We just did not have enough
emotion left to play after the
disappointment of losing a game
that we should have won," said a
frustrated Horwood. "They just
played a really solid team game
and if they play like that [at
Halifax], they'll be national
"This has been the most
cohesive team I have ever been
on," said Morris. "If one guy is
struggling, there is another guy
right there to pick him up.
"Bruce [Ennsj is just a high-
energy, high-intensity guy and
that's just perfect for our team. We
don't have two 7-footers, so we
need his energy."
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, March 5,1996 news
UVic protestors fast to stop cuts
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by Sarah Galashan
A group of UVic students are
entering day nineteen of their
hunger strike to protest federal
cuts to Aboriginal post-secondary education.
Surviving only on herbal tea
and lemon juice, the fasters have
been camped inside UVic's
Student Union Building since
February 16.
"We wanted to do something,
and we knew we'd get national
attention with a hunger strike,"
said Penny Katzel, Aboriginal
liaison for the Canadian
Federation of Students and one
of the four remaining strikers.
Katzel charges the federal
government with failing to honour
its commitment to cover the cost
of post-secondary education for
Aboriginal students.
"I'm frustrated because this is
in the constitution," said Katzel.
"The constitution is law and by
them not properly funding us, I
think they're breaking the law.
If I broke the law I'd be arrested,
but how do we arrest the
PENNY KATZEL (right) and fellow strikers are starving for justice.
According to the CFS,
government funding for First
Nations students' education and
living costs falls short by
approximately $4.76 million.
With tuition fee hikes looming,
a possible 280 Aboriginal
students could be denied post-
secondary education in the
coming year.
The fasters were joined in
their protest by Assembly of First
Nations Grand Chief Ovide
Mercredi at last Friday's First
Nation's Rally at the Hotel
The protestors had hoped to
present a list of demands and an
alternative to the proposed
federal budget to members of
parliament attending the Liberal
Party's Annual General Meeting
The MPs, including Minister
of Indian Affairs Ron Irwin,
refused to meet with the
protestors, but the event did
draw media attention.
BC CFS Chair Micheal
Gardiner said "the number of
protestors present will certainly
make a point to the federal
While Gardiner recognizes
the need for deficit reduction, he
believes the federal government
is taking "exactly the wrong
"If the government wants to
try to solve the problem by
cutting social programs, then the
problem is only going to get
worse," he said.
Despite their weakening
condition and trouble with concentration from malnutrition, the
strikers say they plan to continue
the fast until the new federal
budget is released March 6.
University to publish crime stats to ease fears
by Am Johal
Robbery and assault are an
under-reported part of campus
life, according to UBC's Personal
Security Coordinator Meg Gaily.
Crime statistics recently
released by the RCMP university
detachment revealed that eighty-
five assaults took place on the
University Endowment Lands in
1995 alone.
The statistics were circulated
as part of a Health, Safety and
Environment Office initiative to
prevent "misinformation" about
safety and security issues at UBC.
"I'm concerned members of
the University community may
receive incorrect information,
based on rumor, that is
disturbing and frightening," said
Personal Security Co-ordinator
Meg Gaily
Gaily also cited student
complaints at last October's
"Your UBC" Forum that they
were not being kept properly
informed of criminal incidents at
To address the problem, the
University Detachment of the
RCMP will begin releasing
Incidences of murder on or near UBC
• A male body was found in Pacific Spirit Regional February
9,1996 near the intersection of 41st Avenue and SW Marine
Drive. RCMP believe the man was killed elsewhere and
that his body was placed there by persons unknown.
• Two murders occurred near UBC in the summer of 1993.
A woman was killed on Trail 6 to Wreck Beach near Marine
Drive August 5 and another man was killed on the trails
of Pacific Spirit Park August 11. Suspects in both cases
were later charged with the murders.
• A man was murdered on South Campus Road on or about
August 1,1992. The murder went unsolved. RCMP believe
the victim was involved in a criminal activity in the city
of Vancouver.
• The body of a young male was found in the trails of Pacific
Spirit Park July 6, 1990. Suspects were subsequently tried
and convicted.
• On August 14, 1990, a man was assaulted on Wreck Beach
and later died of his injuries. The RCMP laid charges
against the persons involved.
The University Detachment of the RCMP say no other
bodies have been discovered in their jurisdiction since
quarterly crime statistics through
Gaily's office.
Gaily says she hopes regular
reports in the campus media will
help dispel rumors and increase
awareness of personal security
issues and initiatives.
Safety audit volunteer Namiko
Kunimoto welcomes the
initiative. "It's a good thing [the
statistics] have been made public.
Basically the argument that the
information would scare students
is ridiculous," she said.
Kunimoto says she was
shocked by the number of
reported sexual assaults.
"Fourteen sexual assaults last
year is still outrageous when you
consider that 75 percent go
unreported," said Kunimoto.
Women Students' Office
Director Marcia Trew also
commended the Health. Safety
and Environment Office for
making the statistics public. "I
can't think of a rational
explanation on why these
statistics shouldn't be made
public. People have a right to
The initiative was spurred by
rumours circulated at UBC since
the body of a male was
discovered February 9 in Pacific
Spirit Regional Park. A man who
died of natural causes was also
found in the same area last
1995 Crime Statistics
from the RCMP University Detachment
Murder/Manslaughter: 0
Robbery: 4
Assaults (All): 85
Aggravated Sexual Assault: 0
Sexual Assault with
a Weapon: 0
Sexual Assault: 14
Assault Level 1: 54
Assault with a Weapon or
j^k^ta. Causin§ Bodi,yHarm: 14
Aggravated Assault Level 3:1
Other Sex Offences: 1
The University Detachment RCMP
is responsible for UBC's campus,
the University Endowment Lands,
Pacific Spirit Regional Park and
Wreck Beach. The statistics reflect
all crimes reported and do not
distinguish between occurrences
at UBC and elsewhere.
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The Ubyssey Canada sides with Indonesia
in East Timor conflict
MONTREAL(CUP)-Canada prides
itself on its reputation for peace-keeping
and human rights advocacy, but there is
nothing peaceful or humane about
Canada's complicity in the genocide of
the East Timorese people.
Numerous organizations have
accused Canada of participating in an
international cover-up of Indonesia's
invasion of East Timor on December 7,
Since taking office in 1993, Prime
Minister Jean Chretien has approved
the sale of over five million dollars
worth of military aircraft to Indonesia.
According to official reports and sales
records, these aircraft are capable only
of assaulting low-altitude targets with no
possible means of defense.
These sales were made in spite of
arms export policies that the Liberals
boast to be "among the most restrictive
in the world"—policies that supposedly
prohibit the sale of arms to countries
that "show a consistent pattern of
human rights violations and might use
these weapons against their own
Indonesia is also Canada's second-
largest aid recipient, receiving annual
installments of $45 to $75 million since
Chris Neal of the Canadian
International Development Agency
(CIDA) defends this aid as "a
constructive way to assist human rights."
He cites a $500,000 fund to assists
non-governmental organization efforts in
East Timor with projects to improve
drinking water and help unemployed
But these initiatives have been
undertaken in conjunction with
Indonesian National Commission on
Human Rights, a group East Timor Alert
Network co-ordinator David Webster
calls "window-dressing."
According to ETAN organizer Kerry
Pither, the commission is "made up of
key officials from the Indonesian
government, which is the Indonesian
military in which Suharto himself is still
a general. The commission is dominated
by the Indonesian government's
interests. Any improvements in the status
of human rights are only a result of
international pressure."
Pither adds that giving more money
to Indonesia is unlikely to improve
human rights.
"It's like giving Hitler $300,000 to
help the Jews. If you have no rights in
your own country, what's the use? What
they need is the right to self-
determination, not staff-sharing
programs. What [Chretien] refuses to
demonstrate is that he's clearly
prioritizing business ahead of human
rights. It's a direct lack of desire of the
prime minister to raise the issue."
Over 300 Canadian manu-facturing,
importing and consulting companies
currently do business in Indonesia,
including ten companies affiliated with
weapons production.
According to the BC-based ETAN, Canadian businesses represent
one of the top-three foreign investors in Indonesia today, including
Inco, a Canadian mining and smelting complex worth $ 1 billion.
The network also says that through CIDA, Canada has
committed between $350 million and $400 million to
Indonesia since 1987.
Neal says' Canada funds Indonesia only to "fulfill
the purposes of its aid program," a policy outlined
last February ostensibly intended to "support
sustainable development in developing
countries in order to reduce poverty and
to contribute to a more secure, equitable
and prosperous world."
Neal was quick to point out that
Canada's foreign aid program
"does not in any way include
military assistance." He could not
explain, however, why ten
companies affiliated with weapons
production accompanied "Team
Canada's" recent trade mission to
Indonesia, nor would he comment
on the potential contradiction
posed by the sale of $5,763,000
worth of military aircraft to
Indonesia by the Chretien
Liberal MP Warren AUmand
has publicly demanded that
Chretien take strong action on
Indonesia's     human     rights
violations. "Mr. Chretien should
publicly demand that [Indonesia] cease
human-rights violations and get out of
East Timor," Allmand said at ajanuary
16 press conference. "He should make
it clear that if they don't, we will play
hardball and take sanctions."
AHmand also pointed out that in 1991,
Chretien spoke out against Indonesia's
Chomsky manufactures dissent
brutality against the East Timorese while
leader of the opposition.
At the time, Chretien publicly
supported two United Nations security
council resolutions calling for Indonesia
to withdraw from East Timor and
recognize the East Timorese right to self-
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Friday March 8th, 1996
12:30 pm
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Leslie Swartman, press officer for the
prime minister, denied any inconsistency
in Chretien's position on Indonesia and
"It's well known that the prime minister
raised these issues with president Suharto,"
she said. "He also raised them in November
of 1994, and every minister who goes [to
Indonesia] will raise them.
This was well reported in
the Indonesian media."
Swartman says Canada
simply can't afford to
ignore Indonesia's economic potential. "Canada
cannot ignore that
Indonesia is a growing
market. We cannot link
trade to human rights.
Trade is the best way to
open up a society. If
Canada doesn't take the
advantage of this, they'll
find trade elsewhere, so
why not?"
Prepared by your student society
by John McAlister
His paradigm-shifting theories have
revolutionized the field of linguistics. Virtually
every branch of the social sciences has been
affected by his work and, according to the New
York Times, he is "arguably one of the most
important intellectuals alive."
You'd never know it judging by the amount
of attention he receives from the mainstream
media. Noam Chomsky may have
established a huge following among student,
activist and intellectual-types—as evidenced
by his sellout lecture at the Queen E.—but
he remains a virtual unknown in most major
media circles.
Chomksy's  own  ideas  on  how  the
mainstream media works account for this
conspicuous absence. Manufacturing Consent,
one of Chomsky's forty-some books and
the tide of the National Film Board's
documentary on his life and work, is
a soberingly lucid look at how news
becomes news.
Corporate and government interests are served,
he    suggests,    by   the
selective  reporting  of
global events. The media
provides this service as an
organ of those same corporate and
government interests.
Critics call this a conspiracy theory.
Chomsky calls it "institutional analysis."
"If I point out that GM is trying to
maximize profits and market share, that's
not a conspiracy theory, it's an institutional
analysis," he argues in the NFB film. "It
has nothing to do with conspiracies, and
that's precisely the sense in which we are
talking about the media."
As an illustration of his point,
Chomsky compares the media's
treatment of two equally brutal
massacres in the 1970's—the much-
publicized slaughter of the Cambodian
people and the barely acknowledged
genocide of the East Timorese.
The New York Times, America's
"newspaper of record," devoted 20 times
more copy to the "killing fields" of
communist Cambodia than the genocide
perpetrated in East Timor by Indonesia—
an ally and "client state" of US.
The Times dominates media coverage
in North America, and events not picked
up by big mainstream media outlets like it end
up marginalized, under-reported or ignored.
The end result, in the case of East Timor,
was a public left completely unaware of the
genocidal policies being supported by their
"The American people would be horrified
if they realized the blood that's dripping from
their hands because of the way they allow
themselves to be deluded and manipulated by
the system," Chomsky observes.
This manipulation is the manufacture of
consent, a process of indoctrination and
control that subverts genuine democracy.
Chomsky's "propaganda model" outlines a
method where 20 percent ofthe population—
the supposedly educated, politically aware
classes—are subjected to serving the interests
of the elite. The media (almost entirely
coporate-owned) in turn customizes the
thoughts of this class through selective
reporting and bias.
The other 80 percent are largely apolitical
and easily diverted from critical thought by
sports, popular entertainment, and meaningless
trivia. Their purpose, according to Chomsky,
is to "follow orders and not to think."
The result is a political system that bears
only the most superficial resemblance to
democracy. Any society dependent on
"necessary illusions" (another Chomsky
catch-phrase) for its existence can hardly be
considered democratic, and our current
political institutions are increasingly riddled
with corporate influence.
Chomsky's political alternative is anarcho-
syndicalism, a "federated, decentralized
system of free associations."
Such a system would, in his view, be
radically more democratic, and in this
"possibly terminal phase of human existence,"
Chomsky argues, "democracy and freedom
are more than values to be treasured—they
may well be essential to survival."
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, March 5,1996
Tuesday, March 5,1996
The Ubyssey opinion
New education ministry a mixed blessing
Glen Clark's boast that his new cabinet has the
smallest number of ministries in 35 years with
the fewest ministers in two decades is a sign of
the political times.
The electorate is fed up with bureaucracy and
ineffciency, we're told; and any politician who wants to
stay in office long enough to order their new letterhead
had better at least pay Hp service to the idea of government downsizing.
But by taking post-secondary education out of Skills,
Training and Labour and lumping it into a new "super"
Education ministry, the NDP may be compromising good
sense for the sake of "efficiency."
The last time the Brtish Columbia government tried
to combine higher education with the elementary and
secondary system under the Barrett's NDP government
from 1972-75, student leaders complained that the minister was too swamped with public education to properly
deal with post-secondary education.
The concern is still valid. Public education is larger
than post-secondary education, and the parents of public
school students tend to wield more clout than cash-
strapped college and university students. Higher education will have to compete for funding and attention in a
department with dwindling funds and fewer employees
at a time when both systems are in for major changes.
However, student and education leaders have been
more receptive to last week's amalgamation announcement. Most consider the move an improvement over post-
secondary education's previous home in the "Skills, Training and Labour" portfolio, and the appointment of new
minister Paul Ramsey has been greeted enthusiastically.
A former college instructor himself, Ramsey is expected
to bring an educator's perspective to the Education, Skills
and Training ministry.
Another potential plus is the possibility of forging
stronger links between the two levels of education. High
school students may actually begin to acquire the skills
they need to make it in the first year of a post-secondary
Clark is trying to make himself candidate of choice for
BC's younger demographic. He's made himself minister
responsible to youth and committed himself to "listening
to young people throughout BC—about their hopes and
dreams, about their concerns, about their ideas for the
To borrow from our own book of cliches, Clark will
have to walk the walk if he's going to talk the talk; young
voters are shrewder than most when it comes to spotting
empty promises.
Clark has done well to appoint someone like Ramsey
to the job, but perhaps he's handed him an impossible
job. We just hope Ramsey doesn't plan to get much sleep
before the next election.
March 1,1996
volume 77 issue 40
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letters -
Misrepresenting the VP??
After reading my interview in last
Friday's Ubyssey, I believe that there
is some confusion about the role
of the AMS Vice-Prosident. The
questions of the interviewer were
directed at lica Chui the student,
not Lica Chui the Vice-President
Since that clarification was made
to myself at the time of the interview, I had hoped that the distinction would be made in print as well.
However, since the difference
was not made in the article and
since 12 out of the 19 interview
questions were about external affairs, I would like to point out here
that the AMS VP is not responsible for AMS policy on issues such
as tuition fee hikes, tuition protest
rallies or BC Transit fares. Those
issues fall under the purview ofthe
AMS Coordinator of External Affairs, Allison Dunnet. With that in
mind, my beliefs on those three
topics stand; my beliefs were accurately reflected in the interview.
But just in case The Ubyssey (and
perhaps student body) is not aware
of what the Vice-President's duties
are, they involve the internal communications for the Society. My
AMS body that analyzes and lobbies the University on academic issues, childcare, campus safety, equity and housing. I was elected on
my academic goals and thus academic issues are my priority. I also
communicate with the Student
Senate Caucus, student services
(Safewalk, Speakeasy, Volunteer
Services, Rentsline, the Used Bookstore, Joblink, Student Discounts,
Orientation and Tutoring Services),
student resource groups and student council.
Thank you for the interview-it
- didn't concentrate on my AMS
portfolio but it was accurate. Let's
just hope that when you interview
Allison, you won't ask her questions about teaching evaluations,
teaching enviornment, library
space, academic building needs,
academic policy, curricula etc.
Lica Chui
AMS Vice-President
Here's just one example among
UBC's wasteful spending habits.
The library spent $0.45 plus
printing costs to tell me I owe
$1.00!! How can students accept
tuition increases when such
bureaucratic waste goes unchecked?
Sean Kelly
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The Ubyssey
Tuesday, March 5,1996 news
Federal government promises more jobs for youth
by Samer Muscati
OTTAWA (CUP) - The federal government jumped into the
second half of its term last week
promising more jobs and a better future for youth, but some student leaders say it's more hype
than action.
On February 27, in the second
Speech from the Throne since being elected, Jean Chretien's Liberal government pledged to double the number of federal student
jobs this summer.
The following day, Prime Minister Chretien stood before the
House of Commons and challenged the business community
to double the number of students
they hire this summer to match
the federal government's promise.
He further challenged businesses to invest in creating first-
time jobs for new graduates.
"No true balance sheet can ig
nore the heavy and growing costs
of chronic unemployment," said
Youth aged fifteen to twenty
four have an unemployment rate
of sixteen percent—6.4 per cent
higher than the national average
according to January's Statistics
Canada figures.
Michel Gauthier, the new
leader of the Bloc Quebecois,
echoed Chretien's sentiments and
called upon the government to
increase corporate taxes.
"Big corporations are declaring
record profits and dismissing
employees," he said. "Profits increase and jobs disappear."
Last year, the five major banks
cut 2800 jobs while earning
record profits totalling $4.9 billion. General Motors of Canada
also cut 2500 jobs despite recording profits of $1.4 billion.
Mike Mancinelli, the deputy
chair of the Canadian Federation
of Students (CFS), says he is encouraged that the federal government finally acknowledges that
youth and student unemployment
as a problem, but says he wants
the government to go further.
"We don't want to see low-paying jobs and the exploitation
of students with $12000 a year
jobs," said Mancinelli. "It's a
band-aid solution... there
should be a commitment to a
long-term job-creation strat-
Mancinelli   is   also   concerned about the future of.
education in Canada since the
throne speech suggested the
federal government would
continue unloading power to
the provinces.
The speech indicates the
federal government's desire to
establish common "values and
principles" instead of national
But Mancinelli says that without national standards in place,
there would be nothing to keep
Canada's educational system
from eroding.
"Our biggest concern," said
Mancinelli, "is the government's
intent to unload power to the
provinces and abandon their responsibility to most of the social
programs in Canada."
Other highlights of the
throne speech include:
•Calling a first ministers
meeting on job creation and
the social safely net.
• Replacing the GST and
provincial sales taxes with a
single harmonized federal-
provincial tax.
• More "Team Canada"
trade missions will be organized to promote trade.
• Introducing an Endangered Species Protection Act
• Establishing new national
parks and marine conservation areas.
V-Bird women take CIAU bronze medal
Hie UBC thunderbirds took third place at the CIAU women's volleyball championship tournament in Toronto last weekend, knocking off the third and fourth ranked teams.
Hie Birds opened by beating the Manitoba Bisons 3-1 (15-9,
15-10, 9-15, 15-5) Thursday. Joanne Ross led the Birds with 27
kills while Kim Perree scored nine service aces.
UBC lost its second game 3-1 (15-7,15-6,13-15,15-13) to the
number one ranked Laval Rouge, but earned a berth to the
consolation finals.
Tanya Pickerell carried ihe Birds to a 3-1 victory (1446,15-
12, 15-9, 16-14) over third ranked Winnipeg Wesmen to take
the bronze medal. Pickerell had 24 digs and 22 kills in the
match, and was named to the tournament's all-star team.
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Tuesday, March 5,1996
The Ubyssey culture
Not a lot of cast for play about casting lots
at Pacific Theatre uniii Mar 9
by Peter T. Chattaway
If art is the intellectual's religion, then theatre is the
intellectual's church. And of all
the plays that transpire on the
hallowed stage, none bears the
dynamics of a sermon as much as
a one-man play.
I use the religious metaphor
deliberately here, because the
new play by J.P. Allen (currently
on hiatus from Pacific Theatre's
MacBeth) takes a similarly obsessive experience—the addictive art
of gambling—and puts Raymond,
its protagonist, through a conversion experience. His girlfriend's
J.P. Allen goes GAMBLING.
abandoned him (in the middle of
a game, no less), he's down on
his luck, and everyone he talks
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to seems too busy to help him get
back on his feet.
All this builds to a sudden, and
somewhat unexpected, moment
of revelation in which Raymond
declares that "the only way to be
alive is to completely accept
chance," and he makes no distinction between chance, chaos
and—dare I say it—God. It would
be a stretch to say Raymond worships this deified happenstance,
but he casts his lots and pays his
poker-chip tithes with an earnest
conviction befitting a devotee.
Allen spits out his rapid-fire
monologue with the sort of energy and clear, split-second articulation one normally associates
with Eric Bogosian or Daniel
Maclvor. Unfortunately, he's so
busy at getting through his lines
that he never finds time to shoehorn some genuine emotion in
there. At a brief 85 minutes-
that's including the intermission—
Gambling could have expanded to
allow for more breathing room,
but Allen rushes through the
script as though everything depended on his word-per-breath
mileage. Worse, his eyes adopt an
almost vacant gaze whenever his
monologue turns to matters of sex,
ending such episodes on a consistently trite, banal note. "We
made love." Yawn. Wake me up
when they're done.
Luckily, Allen's bland delivery
is not the handicap here that it
was in MacBeth; indeed, besides
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freeing Allen from the ^ ^
need to yell murderously, v *»
Gambling almost re- ^
quires Allen to appear
lost and clueless even as he feigns
security in his life of perpetual
risk. Fortunately, the supporting
roles he adopts offer him the opportunity to splash some colour
into his play (he's especially good
as a southern Reverend so greasy
you'll be cleaning the brylcreem
«r^   out of your ears for days
[|p^>   afterwards).
And as the play nears
its conclusion, Allen does
what you least expect: he begins
to emote, with the despondent
hope and lethargic procrastination of a man who wants tc roll
the dice just one more time. It's
not quite a religious experience,
but it does come close to being
some sort of epiphany.
Jackie Leven — Forbidden
Songs of the Dying West
[Cooking Vinyl/BMG]
There are strange elements at work
within Jackie Leven's music. Sometimes,
he almost sounds like Gordon Ughtfoot
- if good ole GL had been blessed with
that uncanny old world melancholy of
the Celt yearning for a time when all the
world was still green. On at least one song, Leven strays into a
rather dull celtic-country fusion; hell, country alone is bad
enough! Despite such less-than-promising fare, there are
moments when Leven reaches sublimity. Who else would allow recitations of Emily Dickenson and James Wright to stand
on their own, instead of undergoing interpretation by the artist himself?
Musically, it's pop so pared down to its essentials that its
hooks are almost corny. But then you hear something uncanny,
Hke the weird throat humming on The Wanderer*, which sounds
like a death rattle rolling over the deep growl of a synthesizer
as it chants like a mantra beneath Leven's strange keening
guitar; a kind of baroque folk, and suddenly the mush achieves
the level of poetry.
Synthesizer music has long been criticized for its cold
otherworldliness but, when used carefully, no other instrument
even conies close to achieving that kind of ethereal beauty.
Leven's guitar style, reminiscent at its best of Vini Reilly (The
Return of the Durutti Column), plays over the synthesizer's
intense bass thrum in a way that one can almost feel oneself
standing alone on a forlorn beach under a desolate sky, with
only the seagulls for company, contemplating suicide while
one's beer turns cold back in the pub.
When coupled with poetry or Leven's own confused narratives into the depths of experience - the liner notes convey
his thanks to a rather long list of pubs and watering holes
from Scotland to Spain - Leven takes us beyond the shallowness of mundane reality to a place where one feels an almost
painful tension of the soul, as though one could literally BURST!
with the yearning for something better: "Suddenly, I realized
that if I stepped out of my body, I would break into blossom."
•Andy Barham
speaks at UBC
Tuesday, March 5
10:30 am
SUB Auditorium
special event
The Ubyssey
Tuesday, March 5, 1996


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