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Founded in 1918
Vancouver, Friday, October 20,1989
Vol 72, No 13
ong Kong's inevitable handover to
China is the focus of
international attention,
but a more pressing
problem threatens to
tear the British colony
apart long before the
handover in 1997.
For 14 years, since the fall of
Saigon, Vietnamese refugees
have huddled onto shoddy
vessels and sailed north across
the South China sea seeking
economic and political freedom in
Hong Kong.
The first glimpse ofthe sparkling metropolis proudly perched
on the mouth of the Pearl river
must be one of promise for the
asylum seekers—wealth and opportunity written across sheets
of skyscrapers.
Yet only barbed wire greets
the refugees who are herded into
squalid and overcrowded detention centres.
Currently, the 17 existing
shelters are so full that there is
no space for new arrivals;
instead, they must live in
temporary detention centres
consisting of only tents, on
ferries, or moored on their own
boats—even during typhoon
The tide of Vietnamese—
about 160,000 arrivals since
1975—has split the colony with
heated debates that spill out
onto the newspapers daily.
The majority of Hongkong's
5.8 million residents resent that
their tax dollars are paying for
the refugee shelters which sit on
valuable land.
Residents living nearest the
camps claim their safety is
threatened by the Vietnamese
Their fears are fueled by
newspaper accounts of weapons
found within the camps. When
violence and riots erupt between
detainees, often between groups
of north and south Vietnamese,
the community becomes more
vocal in their condemnation of
the refugees.
Increasing attempts to
escape from the closed centres
have raised concern that there is
a lack of personnel policing the
area. And others resent "the
waste" of the Hong Kong Police
Force, who supply 60 per cent of
the security in the camps.
Last June over 2,700 demonstrators in in the northern
district of Yuen Long marched in
protest of the government's
decision to house over 7,000
Vietnamese in tents in a temporary centre on the nearby Sek
Kong military airstrip.
The majority of asylum seekers who are not classified as
genuine political refugees are
housed in closed camps. These
people do not have the right of
resettlement. Their journey ends
in captivity where they wait
indefinitely, clinging to futile
hopes that a country like Canada
will change its policy on economic migrants.
But open camps, which
house those classified as genuine
political refugees, cannot be
Vietnamese refugees seeking asylum in Hong Kong have
found only despair
Some Hong Kong residents,
like journalist Roger Boschman,
puts the onus on the Hong Kong
"...Our mistake was creating
refugee camps," he writes. "What
we should have done, from the
very beginning, was take the
boat people into our homes. And
that is what we must do now,
Moreover, the
refugees would have
contributed to the Hong
Kong economy—which
is currently suffering a labour
port themselves, and learning
English. Many of these people
are waiting and hoping to be
placed in other countries according to Boschman.
But many Chinese in Hong
Kong disagree with Boschman
and wonder why the British Government's treatment ofthe Vietnamese is out of line with
policies for other illegal immigrants. Why, they ask, aren't the
Vietnamese packed off to their
homeland like many of their
relatives from China?
In a poll taken last May by
the Hong kong Standard—one of
two English daily newspapers—
more than half of 525 people said
they would support a plan to
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tow arriving Vietnamese back
out to sea.
These figures reflect a shift
of opinion that has occurred
In 1979 Hong Kong was
more sympathetic to Vietnamese
refugees because most of the
arrivals were ethnic Chinese—
considered second-class citizens
in Vietnam.
But in the 80's, almost all of
the refugees arriving in Hong
Kong have been ethnic Vietnamese, with an increasing number
from the north—who by definition are less likely to have faced
threats of political persecution.
By comparison, 99 per cent
of those fleeing to Southeast Asia
are from the south of Vietnam,
and Western diplomats suspect
they would qualify for resettlement.
Tension within Hong Kong
is compounded by the general
feeling that the colony has been
abandoned by the international
community while the tide of
refugees continue to wash into
Victoria Harbour.
Hong Kong has dutifully adhered to the 1979 Geneva agreement and has in the past committed itself to acting as a
temporary port of asylum, while
other countries have shirked
their responsibilities. Some have
taken to towing the refugees
back out to sea. Western countries have also reduced the
number of refugees admitted for
permanent resettlement which
has further intensified the
In 1985, the United States
admitted over 1,700 refugees
from the Hong Kong camps; laist
year they took in only 400.
Meanwhile, hundreds of boat
people are flooding into Hong
Kong daily at the highest rate in
10 years. Last June alone, 9,194
refugees reached Hong Kong waters. In 1988 the total number of
refugees for the year was 18,325.
Years of ad-hoc solutions
have failed. In 1979, when Hong
Kong committed itself as a port
of first asylum, refugees were
housed in open camps. In an
attempt to dissuade the Vietnamese from leaving their home,
closed camps were introduced in
June 1982.
This policy failed, but there
was no crisis because refugees
left in a steady flow to resettlement.
But in January 1988, with
only 8,000 refugees left in Hong
Kong, the trend reversed and
more refugees began arriving
because Vietnam allegedly
encouraged their exodus.
Seen as the ultimate deterrent to leaving Vietnam, a
screening and voluntary repatriation policy weeded out
political from economic migrants
was put in place in June 1988 by
the Hong Kong government.
The theory failed not only
because resettlement countries
were suffering from "compassion
fatigue" due to internal economic
pressures to accept fewer refugees, but also because of slow
screening procedures that
created a backlog.
With the introduction of
screening, resettlement countries
are no longer making open-ended
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Film Society.  Films Oct. 19-22:
7 p.m. - Dream Team; 9:30 -
The Serpent and the Rainbow.
SUB Auditorium.
Student Environment Centre.
'Earth' Festival (Bzzr Garden).
2:30-7, SUB Ballroom.
Painters & Players. Live art performance featuring over 100 artists: painters, musicians, etc.
From opera to salsa. Tix Ticket-
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Auction 10:45 for paintings.
Commodore Ballroom.
Graduate Student Society. Free
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UBC Marxist-Leninist Study
Group. Public meeting, Hardial
Bains, leader of CPC (M-L) speaks
on The crisis of the revisionist
Soviet Union and the Validity of
Marxism-Leninism". 7 p.m., Buch
Family and Nutritional Sciences
Week. Salad Bar-cost $3. 12:30-
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Family and Nutritional Sciences
Week. Textiles/clothing display.
Fibre to Fashion and Bolivian
Costumes from Tarabuco and the
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Apply at Campus Canada Employment Ctr.
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Several students authorized
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• Handling bulk mail
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Easy work, flexible hours.
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Contact Bob Gobert 228-3250
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UBC Dance Horizons. Learn all
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UBC Dance Horizons. Fun and
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Department of Creative Writing.
A reading by Guy Vanderhaeghe
from his new novel "Homesick".
Noon, Freddie Wood Theatre.
Filmsociety. Film: Thunderball,
starring Sean Connery as Agent
007a 7 & 9:30, SUB Theatre.
AMS Task Force on Tuition and
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UBC Personal Computer club.
Rally (all chapters to attend) at
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UBC Lesbians. Lesbian discussion group. Topic: Internalized
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Family and Nutritional Sciences
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Fibre to Fashion and Bolivian
Costumes from Tarabuco and the
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fundraising "Run to the
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All pledges appreciated:
UBC Social Anarchists
benefit gig for Northwest
Regional Anarchist Gathering. Four Bands for four
dollars. Silent Gathering,
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Fertilizer. All Ages, Childcare avialable, Doors open
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Friday's Sports
Intramural Events
Day of the Longboat, October
21 & 22, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Jericho Sailing Centre
to Jericho Beach and back
T-Bird Hatchings
Rugby vs. Cowichan at Wolfson
Field, October 22, 2:30 pm
UBC Tennis Invitational
UBC Tennis Bubble
October 20 - 22, all day
October 20,1989 NEWS
AMS battles
by Rick Hiebert
The Alma Mater Society has
challenged the UBC administration over student aid and tuition
fees with a new public information
The AMS Task Force on Tuition and Student Aid's poster
campaign is "just the beginning" of
the AMS's battle for an accessible
UBC, committee chair Joanna
Harrington said.
"The goal that we're aiming
for is afreeze on tuition fees and an
increase in funding from the provincial government. The way
we're going about it is with a public
campaign, not just UBC students
but also community members,
especially those outside the Lower
Mainland," said Harrington who
also sits on the AMS arts council.
The committee plans to lobby
teacher groups and MLAs, and to
print and distribute pamphlets
and hold seminars on student loan
application techniques, she said.
"I wouldn't mind holding one or
two rallies."
The point we're trying to
make is that ifyou have a child in
Grade 8 now, that child in Grade
12 might not be able to go to UBC
because tuition could be $2,500 or
$3,000. The focus is on those who
aren't at UBC and why. Tuition is
one ofthe barriers."
Board of Governors (BoG)
student rep Kurt Preinsperg, also
a committee member, is helping to
direct the poster campaign.
"This poster campaign is
meant to encourage students to
demand their rights to all the student aid they need," he said. "It's
estimated by the Canadian Federation of Students that about 40
per cent of students do not apply
for student ai d they badly need and
there's no excuse for that."
Preinsperg feels the UBC
administration may be using student aid as an excuse to not properly help needy students.
"Ideally, I would like to clog up
the student aid office to drive home
the point that student aid isn't a
justification for a higher
tuition....Student aid is not the
answer to increasing tuition, it is
only a bandaid over a gushing
President Strangway was out
of town and unavailable for comment.
KD. Srivastiva, UBC's director of student services, was
"puzzled" with some of the criticisms the AMS Task Force members were making.
"The students' needs are determined by us in conjuction with
Science students just want to study. No, really.
the B.C. Student Loan guidelines.
We determine the student need
and then we try to see how much
need (the university) should meet,
because the BCSL can meet many
of those needs that the university
can't," Srivastiva said. "We try to
meet as many needs as we can."
"The university has to look at
all its expenditures and all its
sources of revenue and we try to do
as best a balancing act as possible
(between provincial government
grants and student tuition fees),"
he said.
"We also want to make sure
that student fees are not too high a
fraction of (UBC's) income or too
low a percentage. It's the judge
ment ofthe current administration
that the current levels are not
Committee member and BoG
student rep Tim Bird is worried
that students may not be taking
enough advantage of student loans
and bursaries.
"When we argue at the administration level that students
need better and more financial aid,
we're always faced with rebutting
the fact that a large part of the
emergency financial aid (allotted
by UBC to mitigate this year's 10
per cent undergraduate tuition
increase) was not given out last
year. But to me that proves that the
purse strings are too tight to begin
"At this rate, little by little,
students are going to be forced into
a lower quality lifestyle because
the maximum B.C. student loan
has been constant for the last three
Bird hopes the AMS campaign
will encourage UBC to help make
loans and bursaries more accessible to all students.
"I'm also interested in making
the process easier and I would like
to discuss it with the Task Force,
about how we can make the process
simpler and easier," said Srivastiva. "We wan't to make the process
easier—without adding to university administrative expenses."
Socreds privatize B.C.'s training institutes
by Joanne Neilson
The provincial government is
planning to abandon its role as the
regulator for B.C.'s Private Training Institutes in a proposal which
Darlene Marzari, NDP MLA for
Point Grey, refers to as "the ultimate privatization."
By next fall, the institutes will
have formed a self-regulating
commission to ensure quality
standards for the schools.
The government hopes that
an institute commission will be
able to deal with the problems
concerning finances, the administration, and education standards, which have plagued them
over the past five years.
But opponents have strongly
criticized the proposal.
"Rather than dealing with
problem, what they've done is
they've absolved themselves of
that responsibility," said NDP
advanced education critic, Barry
The government's restraint
program had reduced the monitoring staff to two and a half
employees for over 450 schools.
The B.C. government is "the
only jurisdiction in Canada to
renege on their role, under the
constitution, to be responsible for
education," said Jones.
The   Social   Credit   govern
ment has cut back funding to
public institutions in favour of
non-government funded, skills
oriented PTI's. Over one third of
such Canadian institutes operate
in B.C.
Ossie Sylvester, the government appointed director of the
PTI's, called the new proposal
Such a system would enable
some ofthe institutes to be eligible
for accreditation benefits, such as
student loan remissions, he said.
While Jones admitted the
proposed commission will have
some benefits, he is primarily
concerned with the consequences
of no governmental control.
"There isn't going to be the
arm's length, dispassionate approach that a civil servant uses in
the public interest when it comes
to properly dealing with school
complaints," he said.
Jones compared the proposed
system to the one used in the
United States, which has been
highly criticized for not maintaining educational standards and
failing to protect students from
poor quality programs.
The government's plan to
drop their regulation is part of-a
more extensive two-fold problem
within the whole educational system, said Marzari.
"The provincial government
is encouraging kids to leave school
at the end of grade ten with ite new
school system," she said.
"What you've got is a radical
re-orientation in post-grade ten
education and at the same time a
distancing by the provincial government from those same institutions in which students will be
paying for post grade ten education."
The government will permit
the institutes to form their own
self-regulating commission in response to financial problems they
has experienced in ensuring the
quality and standards of the
Stuffed library expands
by Mark Nielsen
After an eight year delay, the expansion of Main library is underway, but the
completion date will not be until 1995,
according to UBC director of campus planning and design, Tim Minor.
Once completed, head librarian Bill
Watson said the library will again have to
be further enlarged by the turn of the
"That's not a very long time from the
date it opens," Watson said.
Even so, Watson welcomes the current plans to help ease the strain on Main
library's overloaded shelves.
The library shelves are currently utilizing about 85 per cent of the available
space which, according to Watson, is full
working capacity.
"We need some slack room for movement of books in and out and if you get
beyond that, it becomes very cumbersome
to move in and out," he said.
The proposal slots construction of a
building on the north side ofthe court yard
between Main and Sedgewick libraries.
It is expected to contain approximately 110,000 square feet of usable
space, and it will house the special collections, science, map and fine arts divisions
currently located in Main library.
Watson also said there is a chance
both Music and Wilson recording libraries
will be included, and the mathematics library will be incorporated into sciences. A
second building on the south side will also
be built.
The total cost of the building is estimated to be $24 million of which $4 million
will be set aside for renovations to the
older portion of Main Library where the
humanity and social sciences collection
will remain.
Ofthe one million plus volumes the library possesses, approximately 80 per cent
are in the humanities and social sciences,
according to Watson.
At the moment the proposal is in the
planning stage, said Minor, and plans
won't be finalized until the spring of 1991.
Minor calls the plan a library expansion because the new building will be connected to Main library in some way, probably by a corridor.
Minor plans to ensure the present
appeal of Main Library is left intact. "If
three trees should be saved, we will take
the time to see what can be done about
them. There's no other area quite like it,
and it is the heart of the campus."
Professor peeved
He won't be standing in
front of a bulldozer to get his
point across, but UBC History
professor Christopher Fried-
richs says there are better
places to put a new library.
Instead of ruining the attractive landscape between
Sedgewick and Main Library,
Friedrichs says the grassy
expanse between Main and
SUB could be used.
"A library expansion is important and long overdue," he
said. "But I think another location should be looked at and
strictly for aesthetic reasons."
In order to allow the fire department a straight road to the
far end of the campus, Friedrichs says the building could be
connected to the main library
by means of a tunnel or bridge.
Friedrichs also said he was
under the impression that the
location has already been de-
cided on.
"I found out about this when
I saw a sign out in front of the
Main Library, and according to
that, that is where it is going to
be built," he said.
In response to Friedrich's
idea, director of campus planning and design Tim Minor said
that at this stage, planners are
still open to new ideas.
"There are all kinds of proposals that we are looking at,"
he said.
However, if past history is
an indication, head librarian
Bill Watson said there could be
some difficulty in expanding
towards SUB.
A proposal to construct a library processing building at the
end of the SUB traffic loop was
turned down ten years ago after
opposition from the Alma Mater Society, according to Watson.
October 20,1989
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As part of its commitment to internationalization, UBC is now providing
opportunities for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad
full-time for one academic year.
Academic exchange agreements are now in place between UBC and the University
of California, U.S.A. (9 campuses); Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan; and the
University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
According to the terms of the exchange agreements, UBC students continue to pay
their academic fees to UBC and remain enrolled at the University of British
Columbia. Students participating in the EAP also remain eligible for awards,
scholarships and financial assistance.
Applicants should have completed a minimum of two-years, full-time university
study and have at least a 70+ per cent average. Other requirements do apply.
Application forms are available from the UBC International Liaison Office and
must be completed no later than January 5,1990, to qualify for the 1990-91 academic
To learn more about the exciting opportunities ofTered through UBC's academic
exchange programs, plan to attend the information session on:
Monday, October 30,1989,
4:30-5:30 p.m.,
Asian Centre Auditorium, 1871 West Mall
After October 30,1989, please contact: the UBC International Liaison Office,
Rm. 609, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T1W5, (604) 228-3114.
For students who foresee a career in research, the Summer Research Scholarships will
provide research experience with leading Canadian scientific investigators in one of the
fields listed below.
The UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA is Canada's oldest and largest bilingual university. The
campus is within a 10-minute walk to Parliament Hill, the National Arts Centre, the National
Gallery and the National Museums. Come and experience an enlightening and stimulating
$1,200 (minimum) per month, plus
Travel allowance.
Physical Geography
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DURATION: 3-4 months (May-August 1990)
HOUSING: Reasonable on-campus
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REQUIREMENTS: — Must be Canadian or
Permanent Resident.
— Must have excellent
academic standing.
— Must be a full-time student
at the undergraduate level.
(Priority will be given to 3rd-year students (2nd
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1. Complete PARTS 1 and 2 of NSERC FORM 202, normally available at your campus.
2. Add a complete and recent university transcript.
3. Attach a brief description of your research interests.
4. Transmit ali documents with a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope to your recommending professor who must complete NSERC form 202 PART 3 and must
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. The application must be forwarded before NOVEMBER 17, 1989 to:
Answer lies with Vietnam
continued from page 1
commitments to accept refugees.
Most have tightened their resettlement criteria, meaning fewer
refugees are accepted abroad.
It also means more Vietnamese children are growing up behind the fences where there is no
privacy, little provision for education, limited recreational facilities, an inadequate food and
water supply, and minimal
medical assistance. Immunizations for measles, tuberculosis,
diphtheria, and tetanus were
only introduced this summer.
Voluntary repatriation appears to have failed. Only a
handful ofthe economic migrants
have volunteered to return to
Vietnam, encouraged to do so by
the US $150—a year's average
salary in Vietnam—each receives
from the UNHCR for agreeing to
the repatriation.
The pay-off policy has
sparked controversy. The refugee agency, International Social
Service, fears that once word
gets around, more Vietnamese
will attempt to cash in on the
policy and come to Hong Kong on
"tourist" trips.
Other critics say that
refugee pay-offs should be used
to help Vietnamese resettle in
their countries.
And still others say the
UNHCR cannot afford the payoffs the moment the Vietnamese
start returning home by the
Failure of the screening and
voluntary repatriation policy has
created a crisis in Hong Kong.
Government officials have
been knocking on the doors of
foreign consulates, raising the
issue of resettlement with their
Hong Kong's loudest cry for
help came last June at the
Geneva United Nations Conference on Indo-China refugees
when British Foreign Secretary,
Sir Geoffrey Howe, delivered a
hard-hitting speech on the crisis.
"Hong Kong will simply be
unable any longer to cope with
the continuous onslaught of
arrivals," he said.
"The future of Vietnamese
people does not lie in the
cramped conditions of camps in
overcrowded places like Hong
Kong, with no hope of eventual
settlement. The future of
Vietnamese people must lie in
Vietnam," he said.
Backed by both Britain and
Hong Kong, Howe called for the
mandatory repatriation of the
economic migrants, a policy that
was widely supported by the
other countries of first asylum in
Southeast Asia—Thailand,
Malaysia, Indonesia.
The policy was opposed by
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the United States and other
Western countries.
Hong Kong and the British
Government would have already
implemented such a policy but
have not because of Vietnam's
refusal to take back those who
left "illegally" and are sent back
against their will.
"There is no possibility that
we will accept forced repatriation," said Nguyen Co Thach, Vietnamese vice-prime minister
and foreign minister at the
"If they come back voluntarily we will not punish them, on
the contrary, we will allow them
to have a normal life," he said.
It is then plausible that
those returned involuntarily may
be punished.
Hong Kong journalist Leonard Davis writes, "Dangerous
precedents (forced repatriation)
may be being set with later repercussions in the region or in
other parts of the world. The
needs of the Vietnamese boat
people today may be the needs of
other groups. Any erosion of
long-established principles may
be to our later regret."
The policy did gain wider
support at the conference but
was not adopted, mainly because
of Vietnam's refusal.
But Resettlement countries
did pledge to offer homes to the
53,000 Vietnamese refugees currently in camps in Hong Kong
and other first asylum countries
in South East Asia.
Canada, who took in 800 Vietnamese refugees last year,
promised it would increase its
intake by 1,000 in the next 12
The most significant pledge
was made by the US who committed to resettling 22,000
refugees over the next three
Other points included a call
to Vietnam to end clandestine
departures, a temporary asylum
centre monitored by the UNHCR
(which the Philippines offered to
host), the introduction of more
relaxed but ■*■ mprehensive
screening procedures to be
overseen by the UNHCR. Lastly,
a steering committee was set up
to scrutinize the success of
voluntary repatriation with a
view to introductory mandatory
No solution will work, however, without the cooperation of
the Vietnamese government—
only they possess the key to
quelling the tide of refugees.
As one of the world's poorest
countries still bearing the scars
of a long war, Vietnam has long
been ostracized by the international community. Corruption is
rampant and unemployment is
high. The future is bleak.
Walter Zuber
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UBC's Museum of
Catch Him on
Friday, Oct. 27/89
5:00 pm
Fireside Lounge,
Qraduate Student Centre
October 20, 1989 NEWS
Knowledge protects artists
by Kirstin Evenden
Knowledge is power. For visual artists in B.C. and the Yukon,
this power may keep them from
being exploited.
For the past ten years, they
have had no united representation that dealt with issues like
artists' taxation and copyright.
But last July, visual artist
Lori Goldberg, who has been active in arts for the past 10 years in
Vancouver, was asked to become
the B.C. and Yukon representative for CARFAC—Canadian
Artists' Representation/Le front
des artistes canadiens.
CARFAC, whichisfundedby
Canada Council, is a national
non-profit organization run by
artists. CARFAC works for all
artists, professional or amateur
regardless of the type of artistic
practice, and acts as an advisory
service on legal, economic and
health issues.
One of CARFAC's goals is to
see that artists receive re numeration for the use of their work, for
example, when on display in public galleries. CARFAC has now
established in both principle and
practice a Recommended Minimum Exhibition Fee Schedule.
"It is still not uncommon to
hear of artists' paying galleries to
exhibit their art, while receiving
no commission on the sales of
their work," says Goldberg.
"There is a definite void that
must be filled here in B. C. and the
Yukon; writers have the Writers'
collective, Actors have the Actors'
Equity, for musicians there is
CAPAC, a Canadian collective.
What representation have visual
artists had?" asks Goldberg.
Goldberg's task is a complicated one, rebuilding almost from
scratch the regional organization
which has had no real presence in
Vancouver for over ten years.
CARFAC B.C.-Yukon disbanded in 1979 because of alack of
leadership, interest and funds.
This does not mean, however, that
Vancouver artists are not motivated to learn about issues such as
copyrights, but that a united representation of this nature has not
been a tradition here.
The first annual CARFAC
B.C.-Yukon meeting is at the
Contemporary Art Gallery, Oct 23
at 7:30 p.m. Speakersinclude Jane
Martin, national representative
for CARFAC, and Chris Tyrell,
local arts activist and writer.
Box your
complaints here
Gotta complaint with the university or AMS but you don't have
a forum to voice it?
Now you do.
The Ombudsoffice has now
placed a suggestion box in the
main floor ofthe SUB next to their
Ombudsperson Jessica Mathers was happy with initial response to the box which was officially opened yesterday.
"We have already got ten
complaints since yesterday," she
Mathers is pleased with the
project and hopes to reach students more directly and give them
an opportunity to give spontaneous suggestions as they pass
through the SUB.
"I wanted it connected
through the ombudsoffice so all
the suggestions get heard and are
not screened."
The box is open to all students, faculty, and AMS staff.
Hagen speaks
British Columbia's Minister
for Advanced Education Stan
Hagen spoke on Bill Good's CKNW
talk show yesterday.
Stan Hagen praised his government's program of increasing
accessibility by creating 15000
new university spaces around the
province, in addition to improvements to vocational and trades
schools and adult literacy pro
grams, increased funding for disabled students and setting up a
task force on native education.
Hagen praised the administration ofthe B .C. universities for
their co-operation with the access
"Without the university presidents, their Board of Governors
and Senates, it would not be possible to make these arrangements
with the three colleges in
Kamloops, Kelowna and
Therapists expand
The role of occupational therapists in the workplace is the
focus of this year's National Occupational Therapist Week between
October 23-29th.
"If you encounter difficulties
in the workplace due to physical or
mental disability or injury, an
occupational therapist can help
you through assessment and
treatment," said Heather
Colquhoun, an OT at the University hospital.
An OTs job is more than just
getting a client ready to go back to
the grind at work.
An OT will help the patient
learn the best way to protect his
injury andhelp them overcome the
fear of reinjury which is common
among patients especially those
with back injuries.
Melanie Ellexson, the chair of
the work programs special interest committee said that goals also
include the promotion of effective
work related behaviours,  skills
and physical capabilities.
Therapists are now providing
expert testimony in court for insurance companies about an individual's ability to return to work.
Raymond Chan, chair of the
Vancouver Society in Support of
Democratic Movement (VSSDM)
was lobbying in front of SUB this
past Wednesday and Thursday for
students to sign a petition that will
be sent to the United Nations in
New York later this month.
"It's a global petition to ask
UN general assembly to pass a
strong resolution to censure China
on what happened June 3 and 4 in
Beijing," said Chan, who has already surpassed his initial goal of
10,000 signatures.
In February, Chan will attend
a UN conference in New York
where he will meet up with other
lobbying teams from Toronto, Los
Angeles and Hong Kong.
According to Chan, if the 40
countries in attendance all support the resolution to condemn
China, then it will be put before
the UN executive council, which
consists of the UN's five members—Britain, France, US, USSR,
and China—who have veto power.
Though Chan anticipates
China will use its veto power, "at
least such a resolution will go
down in history," he said. "This
would confirm that the massacre
took place and that China did violate human rights."
The University of British Columbia
Frederic Wood Theatre
• • presents • •
The Canadian Premiere of
by Howard Brenton
Directed by
Gerald Vanderwoude
October 18-28
Curtain : 8 pm
Box Office  • Frederic Wood
Theatre  •  Room 207
Support Your Campus Theatre
You can enroll now for the second semester in French Total
Immmersion at University Sainte-Anne. Learn to speak
French at this small university (350 students) in a rural
French community (population 10,000) along St. Mary's
Bay in Nova Scotia. Because of its size and dedicated staff
this immersion program is considered by many as the best
in Canada and is available year round.
Write or phone for more information about our short or
long-term immersion programs.
Dr. Jean-Douglas Comeau, Directeur
Sessions d'immersion
Universite" Sainte-Anne Box 2500
Pointe-de-1'Englise, Nouvelle-Ecosse
(Church Point, Nova Scotia)
Telephone: (902) 769-2114
October 24 - 27
7:00 PM
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Also enjoy music from Jon Boyd
• for one vacancy has arisen
Applications Available from SUB room 238
Applicaiton Deadline is on
October 27th at 4pm
in SUB room 238
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"Canada's Challenge - The Golden Age"
Raymond C. Anderson, President
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
Tuesday, October 24,7 p.m.
Robson Square Media Centre
The upcoming lecture on November 21 will be:
"Canada - U.S. Free Trade Agreement
and its Impact on ASEAN Trade and Investment"
For more information about the CANASEAN
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October 20,1989
Them bastards
FYC cooled by Perryscope
by Warren Whyte
'        HE Fine Young Cannibals'
_-.;.   performance was eaten up
at the Coliseum Theatre Stage
last Monday, but it was Perryscope Productions who preyed
upon the crowd.
Fine Young Cannibals
Pacific Coliseum
The feast began when the
opening band turned out to be
FYC's regular back-up singers,
the Mint Juleps. It continued
when it took the Cannibals as
long to appear on stage as it did to
play on stage—one hour.
When questioned about the
extremely short set, one bouncer
laid the blame directly at Perryscope and gave instructions to
"phone the bastards at Perryscope
ifyou want to complain."
Yet, the bouncers also
contributed to the mass rip-off.
They shoved dancing kids back
into their $28 seats, and rushed
people out only minutes after the
measly two-song encore.
There is only one reason why
FYC followers left the Coliseum
relatively pleased: Roland Gift.
Throughout the concert he
controlled the crowd with a godlike authority.
During the first two
songs,"Johnny" and "Like a
Stranger", both from FYC's first
self-titled album, Gift merely had
to raise his arms to send the loud
but stationary audience into fits of
He nearly swayed floor fans
to rush the stage by removing his
jacket during a slower version of
the Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in
Love," but instead everyone chose
to dance happily where they were.
Complementary to Gift's self-
centered style were the average
light show and the synchronized
dancing ofthe back-up singers.
Gift's two counterparts, ex-
English Beat members David
'wobbly legs' Steele (bass/keyboards) and Andy 'wobblier legs'
Cox (guitar) also round out the
stage show nicely. Both play in a
lively vein that gives FYC more
than mere Top-40 appeal.
Hooters come our way
by Otto Lim
Move over all you funky rappers, here comes the happenin'
groovy sound of hootin' acoustic
guitars. Folk rock is coming your
way in the form of the Fast Folk
Underground, a showcase for local
musicians playing folk, blues, and
anything else that combats the
evil empire of Tiffany, Rick
Astley, and those putrid lip-gloss
glamour rock pretty boys.
Eugene Ripper and Fast Folk
Arts Club Seymour
The pioneering mind behind
Fast Folk is Eugene Ripper, a folk
rebel with a cause. Ripper,
dressed in a jean jacket with
studs and black hightops,
i -.moke
as we
chatted about
Fast Folk. He
said, "It's a
concept. The
idea is to provide
on a semi-regular
basis high quality
original, new, and
groovy stuff".
Formed in
Toronto three years ago,
Fast Folk attempts to bring
together local musicians in a
loose and supportive atmosphere.
Unlike battle-of-the-bands contests, where whoever has the best
rock pose and grimace wins, Fast
Folk allows for spontaneous jam
sessions and access to exposure
without being confined by the club
Held at the dark and rain-
soaked Arts Club on Seymour
Street, Fast Folk displayed four
thriving talents (plus one drop-in)
Wednesday night.
The first act was a Ukrainian
folk trio named Zymova Troyanda,
three blond women costumed in
white milk-maiden dresses, who
prefaced their songs with an explanation (all the lyrics were in
Ukrainian). For example, one love
song was about some man tending
his geese and asking his wife
what's for dinner. She gives him
baked fish (considered an
"Ukrainian aphrodisiac"). Their
i-ihireal voices
and delicate
placing on an instrument that
looked like an oversized mandolin, comes
across a-* something between thi' Cocleau Twins
andllunky WW's.
Xi-Vi came the wild coun-
tr\ twangin'sound of Paula
Rempel, who interspersed
her song.-, with witty anecdote-- iiboui her life. One song
was about relationships. "I
am ni'iirutic'pari psychotic," she
sang. Another was about a
-J.ickalopi' from Hell" (an Alberts n mull about a monster part
r.ihhit and antelopei. She also did
a hilarious song dedicated to the
environment called "Hairspray is
Bad for You" 'so switch over to
Final Net).
Rob>n Camngton, a beautiful
folk chanteuse, dropped in unannounced to perform an all-too-
brief set. She has performed with
our folk friend Ripper, who
describes her as having "a great
set of pipes."
The local favourite, Herald
Nix, performed a smooth and soulful set much to the pleasure of the
black leather-jacketed crowd. His
lush-sounding brand of country
should give Dwight Yoakam a run
for his money.
The last act was Ripper and
his harmonica-packing friend,
Michael Lowe. Ripper started the
set by telling the dwindling crowd,
"Danny Partridge got caught selling cocaine... who really sold it? It
was REUBEN!".
Lowe explained that the next
song, "Signs Home", was about
when he and Ripper got stranded
somewhere outside of Montreal
because they spent their gas
money buying bagels and cream
The night ended when Ripper
wanted to do one last number but
had trouble tuning his guitar,
making many of the night's performers who had stayed laugh in
sympathetic jest. This is what
Fast Folk is all about - performers and audience sharing laughter, mistakes and, best of all,
music that means something.
Domestic classicism
by John Hudson
N studying any period of
Venetian art, the obvious
place to go would be Venice. To
study 18th century Venetian art
one might also consider a tour of
England. Perverse as it sounds
this is quite true. During that
century English tourists bought,
commissioned and stole Italian
artworks by the coach load to fill
their country houses. But if
lengthy visits to Italy or England are financially disagreeable, then I might recommend
this pleasant little taster at the
Vancouver Art Gallery.
18th Century Venetian Art in
Canadian Collections
Vancouver Art Gallery
Until December 31
The exhibit, containing 29
paintings and 60 drawings, provides a straight forward introduction into the lively world of
Venice in the 1700's, and also
points out the limitations of a
tradition so steeped in classicism as to be easily overshadowed historically by contemporary developments in Northern
Most of the drawings reflect
the vogue of pen and wash technique which was popular at the
time. So popular in fact, one
senses that fashion dictated
much ofthe style and content of
Venetian art. The major themes of
both drawings and painting are
mythic, religious and historico-
mythic. A particularly interesting
example ofthe latter is a painting
of "Time dictating the history of
Venice," which provides an
introduction to the Venetian
notion of celebrating municipal
history through classical mythic
Landscape and, particularly
in painting, city-scape are strong
trends in the work—Venetian
canal scenes having been turned
off the easels like so many  ,;.
postcards for the Northern
tourists. Within this city-scape
genre one painting deserves
mention for its uniqueness, a view
of the River Thames and Westminster Bridge by--Antonio Joli,
product of a much rarer Italian
tourism in England.
Many of the works possess a
certain stylistic beauty, particularly the religious images; others
are full of exciting colour, most
noticeably the Venetian city-
scapes. But there is a dead-weight
of classicism which hangs on
these works like a shroud. The
heavily maintained traditions of
classical antiquity and renaissance technique do much to make
the art of 18th century Venice
seem simply old-fashioned—
striving for the classics at the
dawn of a new age.
In Northern Europe, the style
and content of Dutch and
Flemish painting had already
achieved much in breaking the
mould ofthe dead-art that
followed the institutionalisation
ofthe renaissance. In England,
Turner was developing aspects
of colour and light which anticipated the birth of impressionism
in the next century. Contemporary to such developments, the
art of Venice seems bound to
outdated traditions and styles
dictated by popular fashion.
One very notable exception
is a drawing in the show from
Domenico Tiepolo's series The
Life of Punchinello, a sequence
of works tracing the fortunes of
an Italian carnival clown.
'Punchinello Visiting the
Leopard's Cage' captures spirit
reminiscent ofthe Northern
artists who moved away from
classical themes and images to
portray details from contemporary life. There is a pleasant
honesty and humbleness about
this drawing, making it stand
out among the stylized gods and
This exhibition of 18th
century Venetian art is neither
a great adventure in visual
splendour or an exciting foray
into germinating ideas. Rather,
it is a not-unpleasant celebration of the end of a tradition,
neither daring or passionate—a
sort of liveable, domestic
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Now Enigma recording artists, DOA. With Mary. Need I say
Come see the very tangible results of successful marketing of a
product by a record label. First exposed to the college radio
market two years ago (remember Guns N Roses?), these guys
are now big time, 'ready' to make it on commercial radio. Don't be
Remember Ron Hayward? He's the Fella who'd crawl all over his
dancing string bass whilethe rest ofthe Fellas were playing. Well,
he's gone to the Tailgators who just played at the Town Pump on
the 18th. Come see them with their new bassist, whose name is
unknown to me, playing their own unique brand of rockabilly.
The Mr. T Experience write songs about the Pandoras' Paula
Pierce and Chris Houston sings about Elvis. Together the two
produce Rawk 'n Roll. A must see in a venue rumoured to have
a very finite life expectancy.
For $4, you can see four bands and support the Northwest
Regional Anarchist Gathering, to be hosted by Vancouver in
January. All dollars will go toward funding this event. There'll be
info tables, food and bevvies, book tables, child care, etc. All
ages welcome. The bands are Silent Gathering, Freedom
Press, No Go Zone, and Supercaustic Fertilizer. Doors open at
Perhaps made most famous (and infamous) for their 1986 "The
Future's So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades", Timbuk 3 are much,
much more than this quirky minimalist undertaking.
The winners of the first three weeks of Shindig '89 battle it out
to determine who goes to the finals in the first week in December. Obey Flagman, Second Nature and Cartoon Swear defeated the Smugglers, Nightstalkers, Murder of Crows, Glee,
Jello Tree and Jaunting Car in the battle for tons of recording
time and world wide fame.
by Nadene Rehnby
(and Steve Conrad)
ACK alley...east of Main...
^} train station...American
Hotel. We see the Station Street
Arts Centre. We took Main, into a
run-down, poorly lit alley, keeping
close to back entrances to stay out
of the rain.
Kiss ofthe Spider Woman
Station Street Arts Centre
Until November 4
At the theatre we were
ushered in soundlessly through a
back door (we weren't silent: your
boots clomped, but my heels were
silent). The play had already
begun (and definitely disturbed
the shit out of it—all you could
here was clomp clomp clomp).
On the stage was a cell, not a
stage cell, but a real one, damp
and dirty, the type of cell you
might fear yourself eternally
locked into, a dirty cell in some
god-forsaken central American
city (a "C"entral American prison
cell is generally some place you
don't want to be).
Kiss ofthe Spider Woman is
set in Chile. It is the story of two
prisoners, who are both pitted
against and, simultaneously,
desperately in need of each other.
It all fit together. The alley.
The rain. The cell.The dark relationship between these two men.
Kiss ofthe Spider Woman is not
really about plot, even though it
does have a good one. There are
no great stage devices or special
effects (I would say there were
stage devices just no special
effects). Just two men, alone with
each other and themselves (they
were definitely alone)...((Steve,
you moron, how can you be
'definitely'alone with someone else
in the cell???))
Don Thompson plays Molina,
the 'screaming queen' who
believes he must be dominated by
a man to be a real woman. Paul
Crepeau is Valentin, a revolutionary who is prepared to sacrifice
anything for his political beliefs,
to bring about the revolution that
will give his country its freedom
(the kind of person you generally
need here in Canada).
Director Ronnie Way stopped
his actors at nothing in bringing
their characters to life. They don't
just say a bunch of great lines and
walk off the stage. Their situation,
and the bond of their relationship,
is so real their uneasiness
pervades the theatre. The tension
is real, as is the
love, the fear, the
betrayal (sounds like
they had a relationship that didn't work
out but it was the fact
that one was a spy
which provided
betrayal). Thompson
and Crepeau seemed to'
have given themselves
over to this rotting
Chilean jail cell, and the'
effect is stirring.
The Station Street
Arts Centre is small,
and dark. You could almost
reach out and touch these
characters, so close are you
to them within the charged
energy of this small space.
You won't see this type
production at the Vancouver
Playhouse, where the meaning
would be lost in the glare of
polish and finery. It's obvious
Fend Players aren't going to
make a killing at the box office.
Kiss of the Spider Woman is one
of those rare plays you never
really hear much about, tucked
away in an alley off Main Street.
But Kiss ofthe Spider Woman has
some of the most tense,
moments I've ever seen on stage
Book cover best kept hidden
by Catie Pickles
--'  OOK covers have a lot to an-
> swer for. Take Best Kept
Secrets (Stories). The title itself
implies an intimate appointment
with twelve short stories. Next,
you spot a picture of two women
knitting, sitting on a couch with a
sleepy cat. These secret-beholden
women have faces filled with the
all-knowing. A-ha, I thought. A
comforting read full of neatly
parcelled warm fuzzy tonics.
Best Kept Secrets
Pat Krause
Any illusions of a dripping
soft marshmallow read are
smashed away in Krause's first
short story Best Kept Secrets. It's
about war-induced racial prejudice and a victim's resultant
epileptic seizures.
The stories contained in this
book deal with some pretty
morbid topics. Discrimination,
death, divorce, mental illness,
bites from rabid dogs and black
widow spiders, puberty blues;
they're all in here.
Pat Krause has a string of
achievements trailing behind her.
Seven of the stories in Best Kept
Secrets have already appeared in
anthologies, and a few have won
awards. So there's no doubt that
these stories are good. They have
already proven themselves. They
give the book an outlook which
goes well with its smug cover.
Krause has a very distinct
style which often appears autobiographical. There are webs to her
real life as well as webs between
the stories. Most of the men in
these stories are doctors. Krause's
father is a doctor. The same
people cleverly emerge in different
stories, stressing the compart
mentalised nature of life and the
many secrets which are peculiar
to us all.
Krause enjoys narrating
through the mind of a child and
then swooping ahead in time to
look back on the past from a perch
of wisened years. The powerful
humour breathes life into the
feelings and experiences Krause
intimately tells.
Best Kept Secrets intertwines
historic war images in Sudden
Squalls with the post-modern
Vickie in Star Bright. Vickie
treats divorce with the same
concern as her appointment at the
Seventh Day Adventist Stop
Smoking Clinic. This book is full
of diverse images. A representative image: The prehistoric "top
ten man" in Playboy getting his
suit saturated by a toppling tray
of swish drinks in a Jamaican
Hugh Heffner joint when Bunny
Penny accidentally trips over on
his feet.
I should also mention that
this collection involves strong
vibes concerning what it is to be a
Canadian. From mundane
everyday Canadian imagery to
fond mentions of familiar landscapes, with Best Kept Secrets you
can tap into defined local flavour.
Krause's book is more than
old wive's tales. It's a bitter-sweet,
wacky to deadly serious compilation. Best Kept Secrets may even
get you comparing the book to
your life experiences and those of
the people around you. These
stories deserve to be not kept
But despite being willing to
rave about it, at the end of the day
when I close the covers (which
incidentally are suffering from
accute curlatitis), the cutesie cover
stares at me with all its softness.
And as I'm not prepared to treat it
as a metaphor I can't shake the
too nice image which really ruins
the whole experience.
Vancouver Playhouse kills Hedda
by Denise Dyson
|     [   ENRIK Ibsen's Hedda
'    t'   Gabler is one of the most
disturbing plays ever written—a
tragedy about a charming, impulsive bride who is destroyed by the
boredom of a stagnant environ
With courage, the Vancouver
Playhouse produced not only the
world premiere of new adaptation,
but also a radical interpretation
of the play.
Despite all this potential,
however, the production fails.
Larry Lillo has
directed several
Playhouse productions, such as
Les Liasons
Health, The
Musical, and A
Lie of the Mind
(for which he won
his third Jessie
Award for Outstanding Direction). But this
time he does not
live up to his
The play slithers
slowly along.
moments are
There is no magnetism between
energy level is almost nonexistent.
Hedda Gabler
The Vancouver Playhouse
Until November 4
Set designer Pam Johnson
creates a set that mocks the
realism of Ibsen's style. The only
two colours in use are blazing red
and flat black, which tire the eye,
not to mention the audience's
attention. Doors which surround
the set suddenly slam shut in
unison, a very dramatic, but not
very effective technique.
The theme of people entrapped in a hellish maze is
drummed into one's head rather
than subtly suggested. The
impression is ineffective and
But thank God for the-
lighting! Douglas Welch's design
is the only successful attempt to
make the production flow
Florence Paterson, playing
the kind and humane Aunt, and
Betty Phillips, as Berta the maid,
do an excellent job, trying desperately to live up to proud Hedda's
standards. They are the only
members of the cast who are
believable. No visible contact is
made between the other characters. Their acting falls flat and
Brenda Robins, who plays the
elegant yet tragic heroine, storms
onto the stage in an already over-
tense and distraught condition.
Her shrill voice pierces the air
and makes one think that she
would be better cast in The
Taming of the Shrew.
The audience stands little
chance of retaining sympathy for
the character. It is impossible to
imagine that three men actually
love her. Hedda is supposed to be
essentially a good woman, but this
Hedda is evil to the heart, a witch
who creates the misfortunes of
others because she enjoys doing it,
not because she is compelled by a
higher need.
Eva LaGalliene, an actress
who has performed Hedda, once
stated that "unless Hedda is able
to convince people, to charm them,
to inspire confidence in them
before proceeding to destroy them,
there is no play."
The Vancouver Playhouse's
Hedda has no substance, no
vibrant soul, no life. She is, in
effect, dead from the moment the
production begins, and the play is
lost without her.
October 20,1989
October 20,1989
Take note that the Student Court is convening to
determine whether the determination ofthe quorum
figure for the 1989 SRC referendum contravened the
Code and Bylaws ofthe Alma Mater Society of U.B.C.
The hearing is to be held at 1:00 p.m. on the 24th day
of October, 1989, in S.U.B. Room 206.
Persons desiring further information, or to make
submissions on this matter, are directed to give
notice to the Clerk of the Court through the AMS
Ombudsoffice (228-4846), SUB 100A, before
commencement of the hearing.
Jessica Mathers
Clerk of the Court
Time:      8pm-12 pm
Tickets:      $1.00 members / $2.00 non-members
1738 West Mall, U.B.C.    228-5021    Next to Asian Centre
10am -4pm
7325 McPherson Ave., Burnaby
(approx. 1 km southeast of Metrotown)
• large user group display area
• lots of shareware and public
domain software
• new and used computer equipment
& accessories for sale -
bargains galore!
• door prizes
• talks/Seminars:  Roedy Green
Apple Computer (from California)
• food concession on-site
Improv spews silly skits
by Otto Lim
PEOPLE who experience
Theatresports are likely to
believe that they saw Elvis
shopping at Zellers or that
Michael J. Fox is actually the
love-child of Sammy Davis Jr.
They have the ability to believe
anything...in the name of riotous
Back Alley Theatre
Spawned in Calgary back in
the 1970's by Keith Johnston,
the guru of improv, Theatresports crawled westwards (like
all good things in life) to Lo-
tusland in 1980. Today, there are
also Theatresports in Toronto
and Halifax.
This event offers a creative
and funny alternative to what
can be a mundane and stifled
local entertainment environment.
"We're half a comedy club
and half a theatre," said Ian
Forsyth, the 33 year old major-
domo of Theatresports. Forsyth,
a calm, seasoned veteran of show
business, worked at the Arts
Club before migrating to
Theatresports as an actor-
turned-company manager.
The motto of Theatresports
is "Anything can happen and
probably will."
"The attraction of Theatresports is that you never know
what you're going to see," says
Forsyth as he sits casually in a
homely staff lounge littered with
letters of thanks, postcards, and
performance schedules.
"It's a starting point to the
theatre for most of our audience.
We get a lot of the movie-going
crowd and not necessarily the
theatre-going crowd," he says.
The demographics reveal a
young audience in the 20-32 year
old range making up a majority.
The over 35 and under 19 range
each form fifteen percent.
The lure of Theatresports is
its price, never really more than
the cost of going to a movie or
seeing a band at the Town Pump.
Squeezed between
McDonald's and Joe Fortes Restaurant, Theatresports makes its
home at the Back Alley Theatre
on 751 Thurlow Street. As an indication of its success, Theatresports bought out the lease from
the now defunct City Stage in
1987. Despite the pressures of
meeting its exorbitant downtown
rent of over $6,000/month and
holding a limited seating
capacity of 150 seats, Theatresports manages to survive due to
an average 80% capacity audience usually every night.
"We're mostly box-office
driven. On a good year, we might
make $20,000 or so," says
Forsyth. The whole idea of
Theatresports originated with
the concept of having an actors'
co-op, not unlike a collective
theatre, where the actors set the
theatre policy and get paid
according to the percentage of
net revenue.
Another way to stay afloat in
Vancouver's sea of entertainment is to simply provide fresh
and genuinely funny shows.
Theatresports does this not only
in variety but also in continuous
showings allowing actors to
perform often and in different
Theatresports concocts
a cornucopia of
This feast of
frivolity starts
with Mondays'
"Rookie Night"
when beginning impro-
fresh from Theatresports'
improv workshops, are
given a chance
to make their
mark on stage.
It's sort of like
being called up
to the big
leagues and
seeing how
good of a
fastball you've
with an
interest in improvisation or
who thinks they're the next John
Belushi can enroll in Theatresports' improv workshops. A
drop-in workshop is held every
Sunday at 4pm for a meagre cost
of $2. More advanced workshops
are offered as well. Level I
teaches you how to set up scenes
and learn basic improvisational
skills. Level II
polishes those skills learned from
Level I and applies them to a
"game" situation.
Tuesdays to Saturdays
features "Suspect," a comedy-
murder mystery playing until
the end of October. In this
guffaw-filled play, the audience
must figure out who commits the
murder of T. Frognall Dibdin, a
bespectacled eccentric inventor
of the stereo whoopee cushion
and the "Freudian slip" (an
actual slip with Freud
silkscreened all over it). The
inventor is played by the stalwart of Theatresports, Jim
Various clues such as a wax
sealer, plastic safety pin, and a
clown-on-a-stick are left for the
audience to figure out this
whodunit. There are eight other
characters in the cast ranging
from a butler to a Far-Eastern
psychic. The actors get their
characterization from the
audience—anything from
terminal illnesses to favorite
hobbies and personal relationships.
Friday and Saturday nights
are the Theatresports matches.
After a rousing rendition of "O
Canada," two teams are pitted
against each other in improvisational Olympics, where scenes
and cues are given and judged by
a demanding audience (steroid
testing is strictly enforced).
Also on Friday nights is
"Scared Scriptless," a free-for-all
improv night for the top actors in
Theatresports, catering to the
lager-swilling Granville Island
Lately, Theatresports have
been doing some outside gigs,
trekking as far as the Queen
Charlottes and Chilliwack. They
do special performances for
corporations, private parties, and
conventions. For example, they
recently did a performance for a
group of Chilliwack egg farmers.
Forsyth quips, "It's like improvising what's a good day and a bad
day for an egg farmer." Other
satisfied customers are the Police
Academy, GM, Expo 86, Vancouver City Hall, and the Hudson
Bay Company.
As loose and unpredictable
the Theatresports style may be,
there are still some credos that
they adhere to. One is known as
the "gag rule." Improv no-no's
include AIDS, child abuse,
sexual harassment, racism, and
"We usually take the first
suggestion from the audience to
continued on page 9
Governor General Award Winner
Reads from his new novel Homesick
Monday, October 23rd
Frederic Wood Theatre
12:30 PM
Admission Free Book Signing
Sponsored by the Department of Creative Writing,
Theatre Department, McClelland & Stewart, Inc., Duthie Books.
October 20,1989 LITERATURE
Novel evokes
by Debbie Howlett
VER since he was a little
one, all he wanted was to
be with his own, his family.
Know what his sister called him?
'Homesticker.' Because he
wouldn't play any place but his
own yard. He was timid, you see?
All he ever wanted was home."
Guy Vanderhaeghe
McClelland & Stewart
So says the protagonist in
one of many memorable references to home in Guy Vander-
haeghe's new novel, Homesick.
The novel, an exploration ofthe
tensions between three generations of Monkmans, is the story
of Alec Monkman's uneasy
reunion with the daughter he
hasn't seen in seventeen years,
and the grandson he's never
The story is set in 1959 in
the town of Connaught, Saskatchewan. At seventy-three,
Alec Monkman is leading the life
of a confirmed bachelor, or at the
very least a man married to his
right hand man, Mr. Stutz. He
has taken to wearing his hat in
the house again and playing
solitaire over the coffee rings and
toast crumbs he leaves on the
When his daughter Vera returns home with her twelve year
old son Daniel, Alec is reminded
of an earlier time in his life.
Originally, after the death of his
wife, Alec hauled Vera out of
high school to play housekeeper
to Alec and Earl, and eventually
drove her out of Connaught.
After she discovers her son
painting her best friend's
toenails pink while looking up
her skirt, she ironically drives
back to small town Sask
atchewan from her self-imposed
exile in Toronto in search of
more positive influences for
Too add to the irony, she
plays housekeeper again, this
time to her father and a group of
his friends, only to discover she
likes it even less as an adult. The
story that follows is the little
family's slow rediscovery of one
another as Vanderhaeghe allows
the past to catch up with the
Coming five years after the
publication of his previous novel,
Homesick has been much-anticipated by Vanderhaeghe fans.
Unfortunately, My Present Age
and Man Descending (his award-
winning story collection) are
hard acts to follow.
While Alec Monkman is a
more mature protagonist than
the Ed character from My
Present Age and the short story
entitled "Man Descending," he
lacks Ed's spontaneity and manic
compulsion. He also lacks Ed's
ability to see humour in every
situation, no matter how dark.
Homesick is a carefully written novel, but it comes across too
carefully written. By devoting
too much of the novel to plot,
Vanderhaeghe has sacrificed the
human quirkiness that gave life
to characters like Ed and
As usual though, Vander-
haeghe's prose is like running
water. His transition between
past and present seems almost
effortless—no mean feat for a
novel that spans three generations. And his familiarity with
the Saskatchewan prairie about
which he writes translates into a
rich, sensual setting for Homesick.
Guy Vanderhaeghe reads
from Homesick at the Frederic
Wood Theatre, Monday October
23 at 12:30 p.m.
continued from page 8
prevent the idea that we're
trying to stage the performance"
Forsyth said.
Another rule is to accept any
idea from a fellow actor without
"wimping," the blocking of time
or not wholeheartedly accepting
another actor's idea.
"There are not too many
sacred cows we have. It kills the
scene when an actor says no to a
suggestion for 15 minutes," says
"It really undercuts a scene
when someone tries to get an
instant laugh at the expense of
the whole story," he adds.
Audiences should be patient
enough to wait for a laugh and
allow the emotion content of the
scene to be played out.
"Improv is survival-oriented.
It's hard for an actor to get by on
just chuckles," Forsyth explains.
A quick mind and spontaneity
are the tools ofthe trade.
It appears that Theatresports is here to stay. They're
planning to expand the Back
Alley Theatre into a cabaret
theatre with a bar and increased
lounge space.
Wednesday. October 25
12:30 PM
Torah Discussion Group
Hillel House is located across from
SUB & behind Brock Hall,
Tel: 224-4748
H-LLii's Famous Hot LuNch
TuEsdAy, OcrobER 24,
1250 PM
Thursday. October 26
12:30 PM
"Israel, the MiddleEast and
the Peace Process"
A talk by Israeli Ambassador to
Canada: Israel Gur-Arieh
7 PM
Israeli Dancing SUB 207/209
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October 20,1989
THE UBYSSEY/9 Accomplices
The possible forced repatriation of Vietnamese refugees is an unethical and dangerous precedent western
countries cannot condone.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy
asylum from persecution in other countries.
Yet this right is rapidly vanishing for all but the
economic, political, and educated elites around the planet.
Canadians as a rule have little concern personally for
the declaration because of the general high standard of
living we enjoy. We don't often leave our nest unless we are
on a mission of exploitation: economic or cultural.
The refugee crisis in Hong Kong forces us to question
our commitment to bridging the gap between those nations
with everything and those with nothing.
This past June at the Indochinese refugee conference
in Geneva, the Canadian delegate supported the hardline
position of forced repatriation proposed by the Hong Kong
government and Southeast Asian countries, most of which
serve as ports of first asylum.
Though the policy was not officially accepted, it gained
wide-spread approval among western countries, and Hong
Kong now hopes to adopt the policy before the new year. If
the policy goes into effect those refugees who are found not
to be "economic migrants" will be sent back to Vietnam.
This would be dangerous because Vietnam rejects
"guarantee would there be of
uien __.iei.jr. tniai, -__iu oe done in the event of their
danger? Wasn't the world a mere spectator to Beijing?
Our silence and our refusal to act on their behalf
implicates us as accomplices.
Migrants, whether political or economic, are foremost
people and must be treated as such.
The Vietnamese left their shores in the search of a
better quality of life, the same reason why many of our
ancestors left their native lands to come to Canada, Australia, or the United States. The same reason the majority of
Hong Kong residents fled the mainland. We are all migrants.
It is ironic that the policy was drafted in Hong Kong
considering the colony is trying to cultivate a liberal and
civilized image in time for the rolling in ofthe red star.
Though Hong Kong has borne much of the burden of
the Vietnamese refugees and justly feels victimized, the
colony must consider the possible repercussions of such a
Hong Kong residents wishing to leave for a western
country are no different than the Vietnamese refugees—
except they are wealthier. But what happens when in 1997
a boat of Chinese takes off for the West. Are they then to be
Hong Kong and Britain must shoulder the blame for
the policy, but resettlement countries like Canada, who,
having lowered their settlement quota of Vietnamese refugees in previous years, are equally to blame. These countries have shirked their moral obligation, forcing Hong
Kong to shoulder the harsh reality.
This year thousands of immigrants to Canada are accepted for their financial and educational qualifications.
Yet only 1200 Vietnamese refugees will be taken.
Canada is a country with great resources and wealth.
We have the power to make decisions over these refugees'
lives, but the level of our moral and ethical understanding
doesn't match the extent to which we control their future.
October 20, 1989
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It was twenty years ago today, Chung Wong taught the staff to
play. They've been changing all the layout style, but they're guaran
teed to raise a smile. So may I introduce to you, the one and only Otto
Lim- and Ricky Hiebert's Lonely Hearts Club Staaaafll Oh, I get by
with a little help from Keith Leung, oh I get high with a little help from
Greg Davis. Picture yourself in an office at midnight, with plasticine
typesetters (Ernie Stelzer and Ted Aussem) with looking glass ties.
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flat, Nadene Rehnby is asleep on a mat; Hao Lee goes down to the
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stared. They'd seen Debbie Howlett's face before, Joanne Neilson
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Here's your
letter on SRC
Len, just don't
hurt me, O.K.?
I would like to comment
on the recent series of articles and letters regarding
the SRC, the latest of which
was entitled "SRC Results
It is quite clear that
Andrew Hicks and Tim Bird
believe that they can tell the
Student body what the
"Quorum" level for the
referedum "actually was".
It seems an anomaly that
these two constitutional
experts have not come to the
Code and Bylaws meetings
in order to enlighten the rest
of us.
Everyone, it seems, is
trying to tell us what the
quorum level is by "quoting
from the code". So far none
of the experts have touched
on the real problem regarding the results of the referendum.
The important issue is,
should Student's Council
take some action in light of
the results, NO 2612 and
YES 1766.
The rules are simple,
action must be take by the
Society if "ten (10) percent
ofthe active members ofthe
Society who are Day Members of at the Point Grey
Campus of the University'
support one side or the other
ofthe referendum, and majority rules.
The problem seems to
be in determining who these
people (ten percent) are?
Day Members are"defined in
the Bylaws as those enrolled
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in classes which are regularly hei d between the hours
of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m..
The point of contention
seems to be in defining who
is or is not, at the Point Grey
Campus. Since this is not
defined in the Bylaws it is a
judgement call.
The Registrar's office
has stated that they do not
break down the Student
Body according to any category that would clearly define "at the Point Grey
Campus". Therefore itis the
responsibility ofthe AMS to
either change the wording
or decide on a suitable definition.
The Society has not
revamped it's rules in order
to keep pace with the registrar and hence the predicament.
At the eleventh hour it
was obvious that some official number would be required to decide the question. This task falls clearly
on the shoulders ofthe Elections Commissioner whose
duty it is to "ensure compliance with the Elections Policy during polling, and
interprets Election Policy
subject to approval of the
Elections committee".
The Elections Commissioner did not clearly define
her interpretation of Bylaw
4 (4)(b) prior to the ballot
boxes being opened. Instead
Andrew Hicks, the Director
of Administration and one of
only two student representatives on the SRC planing
committee, made the decision as to what a "Day
Member at the Point Grey
Campus" should or should
not be. Andrew Hicks was
the individual who contacted the registrar and de
fined the "official" number
that the registrar's office
was to search for in the data
base. The Code clearly
states that the Elections
Commissioner "shall be the
official liaison with the
Administration of the University and the Registrar's
Office over the conduct of
By interfering in the
referendum process Andrew
Hicks has made it impossible for Student's Council
to accept the result put forward by the elections committee. No decision was
made by the elections commissioner prior to opening
the ballot boxes, and the
definition for quorum was
decided by Andrew Hicks (a
biased and interested party)
it is 'clear that the only
course left is to refer the
entire matter to Student's
The coverage given this
issue by the Ubyssey has
been abysmal, Steve Conrad
is only the latest in a long
list to muddy the waters.
Mr. Conrad misquoted
Sarah Mair by clearly placing her comments regarding
quorum out of context. Mr.
Conrad further confused the
issue by quoting Andrew
Hicks' quote of what Sarah
Mair said!???? Very shabby
journalism folks! The fact is
that Sarah represents the
Official Position ofthe Code
and Bylaws Committee,
which is that if we are going
to have rules for running
referenda then we must follow all ofthe rules no matter
how archaic, until such time
as the rules are revised.
Ifyou have suggestions
for Code Changes that
would better the operation
of our Society please contact
Sarah Mair or Mike Lee.
Leonardo Kogan
AMS Agriculture Rep
Is SAC a
society against
It appears that SAC has
taken a stand this year
against AMS Student
Clubs. Last Monday, they
suspended the bookings of
no less than 6 clubs. The
SAC decision was made the
same day the proctor reported the "no shows". SAC
acted without getting the
proper information. SAC is
quick to say that booking
privileges are outlined in
their publication, "The AMS
Subsidiary Handbook".
However, they neglect to
mention that the procedures to unlocking a booked
room is not contained in
their almighty manual. Is it
a coincidence that the SAC
decision occurred the day
before the bookings line up ?
SAC (Society Against
Clubs) has orchestrated a
timely and well executed
plot to kill student clubs.
Why? Two reasons. First,
less clubs means less demand for club space, which
means the more suitable the
proposed SRC club space.
Secondly, the takeover of a
club's assets (ie FUNDS).
Don't believe it when SAC
says they're constituting
more clubs. Instead, ask
them how many they've de-
constituted. Remember
that when AMS elections
come up.
Anthon Pang
Computer Science 3
October 20,1989 OP-ED
Cowboys and
Indians revisited
The only good thing to come
out of the Valdez disaster was a t-
shirt that read: DON'T POINT
FOR US ALL TO SHARE. Excellent advise for people accustomed
to dividing the world into "Cowboys and Indians," good guys and
bad guys.
As the first drops of oil washed
ashore at Prince William Sound,
the press was looking for a bad
guy, and Captain Hazelwood was
conveniently offered up for lynching. Certainly Exxon and Hazel-
wood are partly at fault, but what
about the millions of automobile
owners? Are we not also to blame?
Apparently not. The
god of technology has
lulled us into
that billions of barrels of crude oil
can be shunted around the globe
without accidental spills, yet few
of us make it through a day without some mishap or other.
Having identified the bad guy
it is easy for us good guys to reconcile driving our automobiles with
our claims ofbeing enviromentally
concerned individuals. We can
both eat and have our cake. Courtesy of the bad guy.
This propensity to divide the
world into good guys and bad guys
short-circuits inquiry and leads us
to naive conclusions. How do we
aquire this simplistic perspective?
Perhaps part ofthe problem is the
way many of us approach the
study of history. (I am discussing
popular history, i.e. not as it is
practiced by professionals.)
Let's examine the history
behind the common metaphor for
a good guys and bad guys: Cowboys and Indians. The genocidal
wars waged against the Indians
were about expanding borders,
deciding wholived where and who
got what. To facilitate this process
the Cowboys saw themselves as
heroic and the Indians as savages.
Racism as a tool of nation building
preceded Hitler.
Today when we study these
same wars there is a tendency to
undertake a reversal. The brutality of these wars is now seen to
stem from the shameful actions of
this or that cowboy, this or that
army general. The same good guy
bad guy model is use; we just had
it the wrong way around last time,
that's all.
As with the Valdez incident,
this perspective is dangerously
misleading. By looking for villians, by asking ourselves who is to
blame, we run the risk of not asking the more important question:
Why did this happen?
But if history is to teach us
anything we must look beyond
these simple
The wars
against the
Indians were
not about
bad people killing good people.
They were about people whose
simplistc good guy bad guy view of
reality allowed them to kill and
sleep soundly. All for a bit of land
and the good life America offered.
Have these things changed?
Today 40,000 children living in
countries that were once colonies
of the first world will die from
easily preventable causes. Yet the
people living in the first world are
doing little to help. We keep our
borders all but closed to immigration. Unlike the Indians, we have
the power to keep unwanted others out. Though we have abundant
wealth we give but a small portion
torn aid development in countries
we ruined by centuries of colonialism.
The current response to this
situation is often nothing more
than identifying and criticizing
the bad guys— the banks, the big
corporations, the politicians. By
identifying the bad guy we have
affirmed our status as good guys
and we too can sleep soundly.
John Wayne is dead. Let's
bury this Cowboy-Indian thing
with him.
Ron Kenworthy
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Debate is getting
After having read two letters
about communism by two different authors, I have but one conclusion: neither author knows anything about communism beyond
the popular propaganda promulgated by McCarthy and the like.
Both authors claim that communism/socialism is a theory.
False. Neither communism nor
socialism is a theory. Each is an
ideology. For both authors' enlightenment, a quotation taken
from a political textbook defines
an ideology as "a belief system that
explains and justifies a preferred
political order for society, either
existing or proposed and offers a
strategy (processes, institutional
arrangements, programs) for its
As for the theory that one of
the authors is trying to dispute by
logic, it is called dialectical materialism, or in a word, marxism. It is
an economic interpretation of history based on the class struggle. It
predicts that societies move
through successive stages from
primitive communalism to slave
based society to feudalism to capitalism to socialism and ultimately
to an ideal communist society.
A theory is only as good as its
predicting power. A theory that is
"consistent with the fact of reality"
but has no predicting power is a
useless theory and never mind
what its core is doing. Every theory in science serves two equally
important purposes: first to organize existing facts and then to predict and explain new phenomena.
Bring your flutes, guitars,
drums, ukuleles, bag pipes,
violins, spoons to the
Garden Room
Graduate Student Centre
5:30 pm
Oct 20th, 1989
There are many theories in
science that fail to predict or explain new phenomena but they are
retained for their ease of application and coarse predictive power.
Many examples can be found in
the physical sciences.
Be aware of the trap of logic.
One more tempting step in your
logic would lead you to abandon
almost all the theories in science.
Finally, a word of advice: do
your homework before you pick up
your pen and do not confuse communism with totalitarianism.
H.T.J. Tran
Science 4
Well... Erich
Honecker is free
to run for AMS
Prez, now.
Hmmmm! The Ubyssey censored? ("But I was just following
orders".) Majority vote doesn't
count? ("But the NO forces failed
to muster a quorum against the
SRC - as if the YES forces did?!!?)
Am I living in East Germany? Or
have the principles of civil liberty
and democracy truly been lost
among the Pepsi Generation?
Jim Pfaus
Graduate Studies
What's wrong with
Your October 3 editorial
("Media Irresponsible") claims
that student protesters in Beijing
were not really anti-communist
but were only protesting corrup-
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tion? No one has to be ashamed, of
being anti-Nazi or anti-apartheid.
So why should anyone be ashamed
of being anti-communist, especially since the worldwide death
toll under communism is counted
in the tens of millions?
No Ubyssey editorial would
imagine that student protestors in
South Africa are only protesting
"corruption" but are not really
against apartheid. So why should
we imagine that Chinese students
are not really against communism? Since communism is endemic in communist regimes
(some people might say it is definitive), to be against communist
corruption is to be against communism. Chinese communism is
made up of all those evils that
student protestors fought against.
Your distinction is forced and artificial.
You offer no argument on
behalf of your stereotype that only
"the right" is anti-communist. A
liberal is (or was, until recently)
opposed to all forms of oppression.
The myth that only "the right" are
the only anti-communists can be
traced back to Stalin's attacks on
his critics. It is a tribute to communist propaganda that it influences
student newspapers.
Greg Lanning
Law 3
We will run
your letters ...
We just have a backlog.
"I don't
even know
what street
Canada is
-Gangster Al Capone.
Tell your fellow students the
real poop on things. Help with
The Ubyssey. Room 241K,
October 20,1989
800,000 Ontario college
students locked out
By lan Jack and Chris Lawson
TORONTO (CUP) — About 500
angry community college students
blocked traffic on one of Toronto's
busiest downtown streets
Wednesday to force administrators and striking faculty back to
the bargaining table.
The action followed a rally at
Queen's Park, where students
cheered speakers who called on
the government to provide more
money for the college system, and
chanted "We want Peterson" as
they hammered placards against a
metal barricade.
"We're here to vent some anger," said Kelvin Au, a student at
Fanshawe College in London. "It
should never have got this far."
There are approximately
110,000 full-time and 750,000
part-time students in the Ontario
Full-time faculty at the province's 22 community colleges went
on strike Wednesday over demands for a one-year 10 per cent
wage increase, improved sick
leave benefits, and some control
over the hiring of non-union part-
time faculty.
The Council of Regents, representing college administrators,
offered a 6 per cent per year wage
increase over two years.
Last Thursday teachers voted
54 per cent in favour of a strike
that has halted most classes.
"This could ruin our year,"
said Donna Godden, a student who
attended the rally from Mohawk
College in Hamilton. "We're all
here because we're the ones who
"The government should be
able to handle it so the students
and teachers are both happy,"
added Jill Misselbrook, from Loyalist College in Belleville.
Officials for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union
(OPSEU), which represents the
roughly 9,000 college teachers, say
the strike could be a long one.
"We sincerely hope it won't
last," said union official Phil Cun-
nington. He said the strike would
stop most day and night classes.
Charles Pascal, chair of the
Council of Regents, said his negotiators "are waiting to go back any
"I don't blame students for
being frustrated," Pascal said.
"What they should be doing is
expressing their anger to both
But he said the Council is unable to budge from its latest offer
because "The cupboard is less than
"We think... we're being very
fair," Pascal said.
Ontario's college student
council presidents' association
(OCCSPA), which coordinated the
rally, has decided to remain neutral.
They have a simple message
for both sides, said Brian Coghill,
president of the Durham College
(Oshawa) student council: "Get
back to the table. We don't care
how you do it."
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