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WHERE ARE MY TILES? Renovations in Buchanan Tower are
removing ceiling tiles which contain asbestos, nic fensom photo
Asbestos being
removed in BuTo
by Hywel Tuscano
Getting rid of asbestos has been a
problem for UBC in the past, but a
project to remove the possible carcinogen from Buchanan Tower is
meeting current safety standards,
according to the Workers'
Compensation Board (WCB).
Although construction using
asbestos—a fireproof insulator that
damages lung tissue and is thought
to cause cancer—was banned in the
1970s, many of UBC's buildings
still contain the substance. A costly
and slow campaign has been put
into action to remove all asbestos
from campus buildings.
Ceiling tiles containing asbestos:
are currently being removed from
Buchanan Tower, and stringent
safety precautions are being
enforced. The project is scheduled
to take eight weeks.
Gail Townsley, UBC supervisor
of health, safety and environment
for Land and Building Services said
the work was necessary.
"Essentially asbestos is a health
threat when it is actually disturbed,
usually when it is being moved or
changed. When it is airborne it can
be inhaled. It is awfully hard to
make sure those tiles' aren't
moved," she said.
Between 1997 and 1998, UBC
received a total of $35,000 in fines
from the WCB for failure to train
and supervise workers handling
asbestos removal. An incident last
year in Place Vanier residence also
elicited concerns about the safety of
campus workers and residence
occupants, but the WCB did not
charge any fines. '
In a WCB inspection of
Buchanan Tower on September 11
the asbestos removal procedure
was passed "in compliance with, or
exceeding, the minimum requirements of the Occupational Health
and Safety Regulation." The university has also agreed to ongoing air
tests for the duration of the project.
Workers in Buchanan Tower are
already three weeks into the
asbestos abatement project, and
another Eve weeks of removal work
is expected for all 11 floors.
Occupants of Buchanan Tower
expressed confidence that the dangerous material would be handled
with care.
"I would like to have some time
to not be here, but I think people
are pretty careful about asbestos
anyway," said Dawn Mills, a history
professor who works on the 11th
floor of the tower.
Carlo Finamore, manager of the
project explained that for less disruption and increased safety, work
is occurring sifter office hours.
While safety seems to be the
largest concern in the building,
most of the occupants are not
informed about renovations until
the day before, or the day of,
asbestos removal. Although plastic
containments and workers in
masks may be unnerving for uninformed passers-by, occupants of
Buchanan Tower should remain
largely unaffected by the work
unless they are in the building late.
"We set up at 4pm and the actual removal of the tiles occurs at
7pm. People still in the building at
those times shouldn't be affected as
the work areas are within plastic
containments," said Finamore.
Paul Stanwood, an English professor that works on the fifth floor
didn't seem to mind the work.
"I received a notice not really
asking me to leave but to remove
stuff from the desks to make the
work easier. Work didn't start until
after I'd gone, and now I don't have
ceiling tiles," he said.
"One initial worry was safety
within the buildings. Especially
with all of the asbestos in the air in
New York [after the collapse of the
World Trade Centre towers], people
are more aware of the health hazard," said English professor John
Kealy. "I've heard of problems in
the past, but it seems like they have
it under control." ♦ Page Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. September 21.2001
MOURNING: UBC students, faculty and staff gathered Tuesday, sarah macneill Morrison photo
University gathers to remember victims of last week's tragedy
by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
A sombre grey sky seemed to echo
the feelings of those who gathered
on Tuesday to reflect on last week's
tragic events in the US.
To mourn those killed in the
September 11 terrorist attacks and to
consider the lessons that can be
learned from them, UBC's vice-president, students office; the Alma Mater
Society (AMS); and the Graduate
Students Society (GSS) held a 15-
minute ceremony of reflection.
UBC President Martha Piper
addressed students, staff and faculty
who gathered at noon on Tuesday by
the Rose Garden flagpole.
"We are assembled today as a
university community, united in
grief and compassion for those who
have died and for those who are suffering. We come together to mourn
the loss of innocent lives and to seek
strength as a learning community to
face the future of an uncertain
world," Piper said.
Piper spoke on the role of education and its importance in consideration for the future.
"It is impossible to predict the
future. Let us affirm, instead, the
role of an educated society, one that
values all human life, one that is
based on respect and tolerance, one
that is built upon openness and individual rights," she said. "We must
look to ourselves and to each other
for the wisdom and the fortitude to
build tomorrow's societies of justice,
tolerance and mutual respect."
AMS President Erfan Kazemi
also spoke about the event's impact
at UBC, and emphasised how important it was for the university to meet
while grieving.
"Although the events of last
Tuesday were focused on the United
States, their reverberations were felt
across the world," Kazemi said. "As a
UBC community, we feel these
waves, the impact, whether we work
or study here."
"We feel that it's important as a
community that we recognise these
events, not only for the innocent
lives lost in the wake of terror, but
also recognising them is an important step in the healing process, in
which we are all in different stages,"
he said.
St John's College Principal Grant
Ingram focused on the importance
of communication following events
such as last week's tragedy. He
spoke to those gathered about the
potential for good things to come out
of bad events.
"Words may fail when we try to
come to terms with the events of last
week, but perhaps it is words that can
take us forward into the future—a
future where diversity is not merely
tolerated, but celebrated," he said. "If
you and I make last week's tragedy a
reason for open dialogue, if we can
listen, open our eyes, ears and hearts
to others, we can make a difference."
But Annick Gauthier, president of
the GSS, spoke of the event as something "that places new light on our
daily routines, and where we can
appreciate the loved ones in our life
and rely on them when we try and
comprehend these recent events."
"These events have impacted
many," she said, "not only if you
knew of a friend or family member,
or an acquaintance, but society as a
The service was followed by a
moment of silence. Before and after
the service, members of the UBC
community signed a book of condolences which will be sent to the US
Consulate in Vancouver. ♦
Digital library
provides scientific
journals online
by Chris Shepherd
The selection of electronic journals
available at UBC libraries has
increased since the university
became involved in the Canadian
National Site Licensing Project
(CNSLP), an initiative which has 64
member universities across
The CNSLP was created to help
members negotiate better access to
electronic journals, and due to the
many Canadian universities the
project represents, it was able to
secure lower prices for members. ; ]
Anyone with a library card from
a participating university can now
access over 700 electronic journals
which are available as a result of
the project. While UBC already had
access to most of the journals that
were negotiated in the project, the
university was able to save money
from its involvement in the project
"UBC was able to move costs for
these journals onto the CNSLP project, even though we already had
some of these resources," said
Catherine Quinlan, the university
With the money saved, the
library has been able to buy other
full-text materials that were not
previously part of the collection. In
addition, Quinlan added, the,
library has regained some journals
that it had been forced to cut from
its subscriptions due to budget
Most of the CNSLP journals are
science and medical journals.
According to Deb deBruijn, the executive director of the CNSLP, there are
several reasons for this focus.
"When we looked to the participant universities for a sense of
what their priorities were and
where they were experiencing the
primary problems in terms of costs
of materials, they were unanimous
in their view that it is the area of
science technology and health literature that is very expensive to
acquire," she said.
In addition, the Canada
Foundation for Innovation (CFI),
which contributed $20 million to
the project, has a mandate to
encourage research and innovation in the areas of science, health
and engineering.
"We needed to keep the focus of
our proposal to them in alignment
With their mandate," said
The CNSLP cost $50 million to
create, of which $20 million comes
from the CFI and $30 million
comes from the participant universities. UBC's share is $1.5 million
dollars, to be paid over three years,
but $ 1 minion of it is being covered
by the British Columbian
Knowledge Foundation, a provincial government organisation.
The CNSLP is scheduled to
operate for three years, after which
time the funding 'will run out But
deBruijn said there is hope that the
digital library can remain operational for longer.
"(This is a] demonstration of a
national strategy that we thought
would work," she said.
The presidents of the 64 participant universities have signed an
agreement saying that they will
sustain and support the initiative
after the CFI funding ends.
Whether this means adding more
universities to the project, finding
alternative organisations to fund
the project, or finding another solution has yet to be determined.
Prime Minister Jean Chretien
was supposed to attend the official
announcement of the launch of the
CNSLP, scheduled for September
11. The announcement was cancelled because of the terrorist
attacks in the United States. ♦
Liberals criticised for lifting grizzly bear moratorium
by Kathy Peering
The BC Liberal party's decision to lift the
moratorium on grizzly bear hunting in BC
has caused a stir among many British
Tha three-year moratorium was imposed
by the NDP government in February, 2001,
at the end of its term. The ban, which prohibits sport hunting of the bears in all parts
of BC, was lifted by the Liberals shortly after
coining to power.
' Shauna Sprules, a member of the UBC
Student Environment Centre (SEC), is worried that the liberal government is not taking public concern seriously,
"I think...a very basic point not even
including environmental concerns, is that
the Liberals are not listening to British
Columbians/ she said.
A Vancouver Strategic Communications
poll, conducted for the Canadian office of the
International Fund for Animal Welfare
(IFAW) in February, 2001, showed that 78
per cent of British Columbians supported fee
then-imposed moratorium.
"You have to ask who they're catering to if
. they're not catering to British Columbians,*
said Sprules.
She said that she believes that more
research needs to be done on the grizzly
bears, whose slow reproductive rate and
diminishing numbers have caused increasing concerns about the animals' long-term
survival in some parts of BC.
NDP media spokesperson Jim RidkowsM
also disagreed wife the recent decision to lift
the ban on sport hunting of bears.
"We think it's a bad move/ he said. "The
Liberals have a different agenda, one that
doesn't exactly cater to environmental or
public concerns/
SidkdwsM said that the NDP imposed the
moratorium because research conducted on
the bears provided inconclusive results
about their sustainability in BC.
Both he and Sprules are concerned that
the Liberals have lifted the ban prematurely
without conducting a sufficient amount of
research on the possible impact of their
"The Liberals like to take the 'shoot first
ask questions later" method/ said Ridowski,
adding that some conservation groups have
reported dangerously low numbers of bears.
"It could be under 4000/ he said. Based
on ministry biologist research, the government estimates that there are over 13,000
bears in the province.
But Alex Dabrowski, a spokesperson for the
Liberal party, said mat the government was
simply following its election promises, and
emphasised that the party is still concerned
about the welfare of grizzly bears In BC.
"(The Liberal party] made a commitment
during the election campaign that they were
going to allow hunting where there were no
hunting concerns and keep the hunt closed
where there were concerns." he said.
DabrowsM said that the Liberal government has gathered a scientific panel of independent experts to review grizzly bear management in the province.
"We've appointed the scientific panel to
review and comment on our management
practices to ensure public confidence in the
way we're managing the grizzly bears/ he said.
The panel-which includes six scientists,
including a UBC professor, Frederick
Bunnell—will look at how the ministry manages and maintains the population and habitat of the bears.
The group's final report will guide the
government's actions regarding the moratorium and is due by December 31, 2002.
Although the province-wide moratorium
has been overturned, regional moratoriums
have been implemented in certain parts of
BC where the grizzly bear population is considered endangered. Part of the panels'
research will be to determine if the regional
moratorium has been enforced in the places
that will best maintain the bears' population.
But BC Young Liberals President
Cameron Walls said that he supports the
recent lifting of the ban on bear hunting.
"The majority of BC, I believe, has had it
lifted/ he said.
Walls also said that he believed the controversial topic of hunting has been mixed
up in the logistics of the moratorium.
"There are people morally opposed to
hunting, and if you want to have a debate on
hunting, I say let's have a good honest debate
on hunting," he said.
"(HoweverJ, the problem wife the moratorium was that it was put in place solely for
political reasons to do with that moral Issue."
Walls maintained, however, feat the welfare of the bears is important to the BC
"There are areas of BC Jwhere] the bears
might have a slightly threatened population,"
he said. "We want to protect the bears. We
agree wife that as much as anyone."
But people like Sprules are still worried
about environmental welfare under the
"I think a lot of environmentalists wanted
to give the Liberals a chance to live up to
their promises and they haven't done that so
far/ said Sprules. "I hope that they can
turn it around, but I'm not convinced that
they will/ ♦ 4 Friday. September 21.2001
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The Vancouver
There's something magical going on at the corner
of Granville and Davie. A crowd has gathered, and
everyone there is staring up at the sky, watching
something coming down on them. As the music
starts, the scenario looks even more bizarre.
But when curiosity finally gets the better of you
and you approach, joining the crowd, you see people—two men and two women—descending from
above, taking to the air in choreographed motion.
They're aerial dancers, and their floating dance in
the downtown sky is celebrating the opening of the
Dance Centre.
In a lot formerly home to an old bank, the new
Scotiabank Dance Centre now stands. It's a seven-
storey building dedicated to serving the needs of
Vancouver's dance scene—an artistic community
that, until very recently, did not have a place to call
Spencer Herbert, assistant artistic director of
DanceArts Vancouver, is all smiles. When asked
about the new Dance Centre, he can't help but
"Everybody's smiling...Just the physical space
itself—the window, the light. There is real joy," he
The excitement is understandable.
Neighbouring a drab Howard Johnson hotel and
crusty, run-down stores, the Dance Centre is a
thing of beauty, and seems a little out of place.
Windows and glass let sunlight stream into the
building. An old 1930s-bank facade merges with
curving glass to create something modern, yet
firmly rooted in the past
The building houses five studios for rehearsals,
a performance space, and just about every other
amenity a dancer could need—from obvious needs
like changing rooms, to perks such as a laundry
room and a physiotherapy clinic.
Simone Orlando, a five-year veteran with Ballet
BC, has only worked in the building for a couple of
weeks, but already feels at home in the new space.
"The work space is very inspiring. There's a lot
of natural light and it just provides an environment and an atmosphere that...helps make our job
a little bit easier/ she explained.
The new building solves one of the biggest problems facing the community—a lack of good
rehearsal space. The five studios in the centre are
easily the best in Vancouver. The floors Eire made
of layered strips of wood and engineered to prevent dancers' strain and injury. The large performance space can seat 150. The seats retract and
when they're put away, the space expands to be the
same dimensions as the Queen Elizabeth theatre
stage, allowing even the largest productions to
rehearse at the centre.
Herbert remembers the problems he used to
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Vancouver's new dance centre is finally
complete, ron nurwisah photo
LOOKING AHEAD: Dance Centre executive director
Mirna Zagar is excited about the future of dance in
Vancouver, ron nurwisah photo
community ce
have finding spaces for rehearsal.
"We used to have huge difficulties finding a studio that we could book at all in town. I remember
hunting down all these little venues that we heard
about in a rumour/ he said.
As a member of Ballet BC, Orlando also remembers practicing in the company's old space on
Broadway. It was a former office space that had
housed the Vancouver Real Estate Board.
"There were little things, like there were no
showers...Our dressing room was located in what
used to be a
kitchen that
they used for
banquet events.
The lighting
wasn't that
great; especially
in the winter it
got dark in
there really
early. It was a
bit oppressive,"
she recalled.
Mirna Zagar,
executive director of the Dance
Centre, agrees
that a number
of the old
spaces in
Vancouver were often inadequate. Many were too
dark, improperly ventilated, or had bad floor surfaces that were downright unsafe. Zagar has the
horror stories to prove it. She remembers her time
at local company Kinesis Dance, which rehearsed
at a space near the Downtown Eastside.
"I recall going into rehearsal, stepping over a
person—a drug addict injecting themselves. It was
not at all pleasant to go into that space, day in, day
out I encountered dancers, their stuff being stolen,
the studio broken into, their equipment stolen, yet
they persevered/ she said.
The instant chemistry between dancer and
Dance Centre is easily understood. And yet, the
Dance Centre was almost not built. Like any large-
scale project, it had to clear dozens of hurdles.
Ideas for a centralised rehearsal and performance space for Vancouver's dance community have
been around for decades. In the 1970s the federal
government and local dance groups both concluded that a centralised locale for dance was needed.
But it was'not until 1986 that the Dance Centre
society, an organisation helping the dance community, as well as planning for the future construction of a centre, was founded. In the early
1990s, the struggle for a dance centre gained more
momentum, and by 1995, the society had received
a commitment of $3.6 million from the federal
and provincial governments.
The project nearly died in 1998, when initial
plans to locate the site at the corner of Pacific and
Granville died due to zoning and planning problems. Fortunately, by May, 1998, an alternate plan
to place the centre at its current location at
Granville and Davie, was finalised.
But construction also had its fair share of glitches. Three very large boulders were found by workers digging the building's new foundation and
removing the rocks was an enormous headache.
Other problems accumulated. Building in the middle of downtown Vancouver proved to be a logistic
nightmare, and an ongoing pain.
"There's a very small lot between us and the hotel
and the [back] lane is very small. We're also on one
of the busiest corners in the core of downtown. So all
that caused a lot of challenges," Zagar explained.
Today, with a completed building those delays
and building pains are largely forgotten. In fact,
with the completion of the centre, for the first time
in a long time, it seems there is a euphoric optimism in the city's dance community.
"For the first time the Vancouver dance community has an opportunity to plan...a season, several seasons ahead. There's a venue, and studios
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more/ Zagar pointed out enthusiastically.
For Herbert the impact of the new building is
almost immeasurable.
"Every aspect is changed for us here in the
building, and I'm sure it will change for people outside who aren't housed in the building" he said.
For the first time, many of the groups, including
DanceArts Vancouver, have office and rehearsal
spaces in the same building—something that
Herbert feels is also a
large improvement.
"You can go from
creative meeting,
board meeting, staff
meeting upstairs, right
into rehearsal and
back again," he said.
"Our office staff,
more than ever, can
work together with the
performers, with the
dancers, with the
actors, so there really
is a cross-pollination
of ideas," he added.
The Dance Centre
also does something
unique, bringing
together more than
two dozen dance companies in the same building. Ballet dancers can rub
shoulders with classical Indian or Chinese
dancers. The possibilities for collaborations and
artistic exchange are dizzying.
Herbert remembers marvelling at the aerial
dancers who performed on the roof of the building.
"It forces me to go further," he said. "To see all
this different kind of dance and all these dancers
everyday just furthers the great possibility of theatre ahd dance and other forms of dance working
On a more day-to-day level, having a Dance
Centre also means that dancers get to see their
peers more frequently. On a given day, any number of rehearsals could be going on in the studios.
Just weeks after the Dance Centre's opening,
dancers from Ballet BC and DanceArts Vancouver
are already busily using the space. On their breaks
the dancers can be seen relaxing, taking naps and
chatting in the dancers' lounge.
"You're just more aware of what other people
are doing whereas in the past we didn't have the
opportunity to go downstairs and look and see what
somebody else was working on," Orlando said.
This building will hopefully also put Vancouver
on the dance map.
"There's nothing similar to this in North
America. [The centre is] built with a community in
Aerial dancers inaugurate the new dance
centre,  nic fensom photo
mind, and the community spirit in mind. It doesn't give preference to any single form. It's
embracing. Also it's not built
around the needs of a single
company either. In that sense
it's very unique," Zagar said
"Given some time, it will
definitely and substantially
contribute to better funding for
dance to Vancouver. That'll
mean increased production,
more employment to the sector, all contributing to a higher
national presence and contributing to international cultural exchange," she added.
But perhaps the building's
most important role for
Vancouver's dancers, choreographers and dance-lovers, will
be to put Vancouver dance in the spotlight, increasing public attention to, and appreciation of, the
local dance community.
"I'm simply overwhelmed with the acceptance
from the public, and many volunteers, and people
asking how they can contribute to our endeavor. It
offers us a support mechanism that we were not
aware existed before/ Zagar said
Moving downtown has been a big boost for the
dance community. The large number of pedestrians along Granville and Davie automatically generate interest and knowledge about dance.
But Simone Orlando explained it best. "It feels
like we're important"
"I'm just really grateful that I'm here at this
point in time, in the [dance] community in
Vancouver, and have the chance to be here in this
building," she said. "We're very fortunate because I
don't think there's anything like this in any other
city in Canada."
Vancouver's dance community got its wish—a
new building, new rehearsal space, and, finally, a
venue where they can feel like a part of the city.
In the end, members of the dance community
aren't the only ones smiling. Looking around as
four aerial dancers take to the air above the Dance
Centre, you can't help but notice the crowd. It
seems as if all the faces around—of dancers, of
office workers, of tourists, of everyone—is smiling.
Sounds of delighted gasps and clapping hands filter into the fall air as the dancers swoop and swoon
through the air. Pure magic. ♦
ower of images
by Michelle Rosa
World Press Photo Exhibit
at HSBC building
until Oct. 3
The power of the image is something we have not
taken for granted lately Ask anyone who has not
been able to turn off CNN or who couldn't stare at
a front-page photo. It is with the power of the visual in mind that the World Press Photo Exhibit
should be considered. The exhibit is a collection of
images from the last year taken by photo-journalists around the world and brought home to you.
But rather than tell you the 'what,' the photos you will see, the places, the faces, will tell
you the Vhy.' Behind all those images you witnessed last week was a person taking that picture, someone who may have risked life and
limb to put an image before your eyes. It had to
be seen. It had to be known.
Take a moment to think to yourself. What do
I expect from this year's World Press Photo
Exhibit? What issues or events do I want represented? What events have denned the last year?
Now take an hour out of your week to go to
the atrium of the HSBC bank office in downtown Vancouver  Try to ignore the inconven
ience of being in the belly of a giant multinational bank. Don't forget to dodge the bike
couriers running in and out. Ignore the ugly
enormous swinging pendulum looming overhead. It is, after all, free admission and besides,
the foot traffic through this location is far better
than if you were across the street tucked into
the Vancouver Art Gallery somewhere.
What you will see is the combined effort of
various sponsors and the World Press Photo
organisation. Independent, non-profit and
uncensored are the reigning ideas. So throughout the 200 photos that you will see, remember
that over 42,000 were initially entered in this
year's competition, and ultimately these were
narrowed down by a panel of peers from the
international press.
Chosen from the thousands will be a scattering of photos with which you will be familiar
and others that will stun you into silence. For
me, it was the poignancy of seeing the faces of
ordinary people from Iraq and Afghanistan that
left my head re-playing the newsbites of the
past week. I don't have to tell you what next
year's exhibit will inevitably include, but I look
forward to it nonetheless »!•
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Ballet BC choreographer John Alleyne works with dancers
James Henry and Acacia Schacte. ron nurwisah photo
"Israeli policeman argues with Palestinian man, Jerusalem." amit skabi/reuters [Friday. September 21.2001
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Hywel Tuscano
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Alicia Miller
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In n Tar ofX ivurld, there lived a happy little princess named Duncan
McHugh. At least she was until a recent election voted a tie between
Chris Shepherd, Sara Young and herself to 1« Princess Charming,
However, one member didn't vote. Ai Lin Chou and Sarah MacNeill
Morrison had found'a glass slipper outside of tlie voters' box and
reports from Ron Nurwisah and Scott Bardsiey said a young
woman had been seen fleeing before the vote, from Faiiy
Godmother Julia Christensen, screaming 'no more pumpkins, no
more pumpkinsl* They searched, trying shoes on Laura Blue, Alicia
Miller, Marts, Bashovslri and Kathy Deering but none of them fit
into the slipper. Nic Fensom then decided tu ask Jesse Marchand
lor help. Unfortunately, all she could offer was a poisoned apple .
As he was leaving, Hywel Tuscano, ihe gingerbread man, came out
of her house screaming "Don't eat me. Don't eat met* As he was
running he ran into a group of tliree unusually tall dwarves,
Graeme Worthy, Rob Stotestiury-Leesoi. and Alejandro Bustos.
Although Hywel looked rather tasty, they were vegetarians and
wouldn't eat him. Besides, they were also trying to find the slipper
wearer. They came across a girl and forced the shoe on her foot It
Qt and Michelle Rosa was the missing; voter. Site was so happy, she
kissed Michael Schwandt She voted for Michael and nothing was
eveiy really solved, but they all lived, and that was enough.
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A question of 'civility'
Civilisation is a lofty concept Look at the current
battle of words and military might between the
US (and its puppet-like friends in NATO) and the
Taliban. We in the Western world cling to the
elaborate imagination that we are 'civilised'
democratic countries and, therefore, superior to
'uncivilised' nations like Afghanistan or Iraq.
The 'us' and 'them' rhetoric is dangerous. If
we are brave enough to look at ourselves in the
mirror, we will see that many of our claims of
'civilisation' have very shaky foundations
Canada is certainly a countiy that enjoys patting itself on the 'civilised' back. But a look
through current national affairs tells a different
story on Canada and its level of so-called 'civility.'
Was it in the name of 'civility' that Constables
Ken Munson and Dan Hatchen left Darrell
Night, drunk and wearing nothing heavier than
a jean jacket, to freeze to death in an open field,
kilometres outside of Saskatoon last January? At
5:30 on the morning of January 28, 2000, Night
was left at the end of a gravel road 4.5 kilometres from his home in -22°C weather. Had Night
not quickly sobered up and made his way to a
power plant where he was able to phone for a
taxi home, he would have surely perished that
winter morning.
Night's is not the only case of Aboriginal people being rounded up by police cruisers in downtown Saskatoon and left to fend for themselves
in the cold, kilometres out of town. In fact, police
officers are suspected of four instances of dropping natives outside of Saskatoon, but Night's is
the only case to go to trial. Charges have not
been laid in two incidents, in which two men
froze to death. A third death is still under inves
tigation. And these are just the deaths that have
occurred in the past year. Others have been
talked about or reported in years prior, but nothing was done and so they became urban myths.
In other Western Canadian communities,
reports have emerged that pohce commonly
dump intoxicated Aboriginal people and force
them to walk back to their communities. In
Winnipeg, for example, the practice has been
coined the 'midnight ride.'
Hard to believe, perhaps, that such cruelty
could occur hi a country like ours: a 'civilised'
country. In fact, it sounds more like something
one would expect from police in Georgia in the
1950s—not Canada in the 21st century.
This is the same Canada that claims to be
'civilised'—well, whatever 'civilised' means. We
link arms with the United States in this most
recent battle against the 'uncivilised,' barbaric'
and 'terrorist-harbouring' nations of the Middle
East And yet we have seemingly waged our own
tragic war against our First Nations peoples,
silently allowing 'accidental deaths' like the one
that Darrell Night narrowly missed, to pass
underneath our noses.
Since Night reported his near-death experience that cold January morning, more than 100
Aboriginal people have come forward with similar stories—so many that the RCMP has set up a
1-800 number to hear their allegations of abuse.
And that is just in Western Canada. A conspiracy
of silence is being waged in Canada against First
Nations people, as hate and violence and dismissal and resentment cause many of us to turn
our faces away from the 'silent ethnocide' that is
digging its claws into Aboriginal peoples.
We boast about our social security net in
Canada. But it's a net that has gaping holes, and
many Aboriginal people in Canada are falling
through every year. Structural violence, beginning with the process of colonisation, metamorphosing itself into the residential school system,
and now perpetuating itself in a heap of social
problems ranging from extreme suicide rates to
abuse to unemployment A cycle of neglect has
been in motion now for centuries and it's something that can't just be written off in the land
claims process or in government programs that
really only pay lip service to the problems.
The fact that two police officers in Saskatoon
would think it was all right to drive Darrell Night
to the outskirts of town in the dead of winter and
leave him there speaks a loud message about
our country's way of operating. The fact that this
same thing has allegedly happened before but
people who knew about it refused to come forward, for fear their words would fall on deaf
ears, also speaks a loud message.
The irony is stifling as we read the newspapers this past week: the jock talk about the face-
off between Good and Evil, the need for countries like the US, Britain and Canada to make the
world safe by protecting the good, democratic
and 'civilised' peoples of those countries. Rather
than use this past week's tragedies in the US as
inspiration for our own examination of injustice,
violence and prejudice in Canada, we have
turned it into a foiling of characters that only
exist in our imaginations. And as we stand in
defiant opposition of those we regard as evil,
perhaps we, as a country, should look in the mirror a bit. It won't be pretty, but we might start
solving some of these problems rather than perpetuating them.*!*
Terrorism can't topple
the ivory tower
When devastatingly horrific
events, like the one we witnessed
on Tuesday, September 11, occur,
it is the duty of all of us to comfort
one another. I'm shocked that
absolutely no mention of the
tragedy was given in ANY of my
five classes. For a credible and
worldly institution like UBC, there
is absolutely no excuse for this!
Students come to this institution
from around our planet to acquire
the knowledge and skills we need
to be the leaders of the future.
Unquestionably, terrorism is a
major world issue that our generation will encounter time and time
again. In order to come up with a
solution, the ideas of many bright
people must be combined in open
discussions. A course dedicated to
examining the topic from all possible angles would be a positive way
for UBC to contribute to this world
dilemma. The interest is there;
let's make it happen!
-Jamie Dunnett
Human Kinetics 1
Retaliation: a
questionable response to
US events
Hopefully, the US government
(and other such powers) will not
follow the plethora of irrational,
inhumane advice—even with all of
the innocent lives that were (will
be) lost in this incredibly atrocious
attack against US citizens—flowing
freely throughout the news media.
I would agree with the warmongers of the West if we could
somehow get all of the evil people
{including those of the US, while
we're at it) into the same safely
isolated room. Then we could perhaps morally justify US 'retaliatory' bombings; however, that's not
how it goes and innocents will get
slaughtered in the proverbial
Way too many innocents
already intensely suffer for the
deeds of the very few—e.g. millions of Iraqi children because of
the sanctions against them—and to
increase this immoral injustice
would only fuel greater anti-US
sentiment, which may result in
even greater terrorist attacks
against innocent Americans. As
human beings, we're obliged to
acknowledge all human beings as
individual persons, with accompanying ideology, morals and rights.
It would definitely be ideal if
every war-monger on this planet
could  be   forced  to  watch  the
incredible movie Enemy Mine
(with Dennis Quaid and Louis
Gossett, Jr), a film about how the
very worst of enemies can, once
they learn a bit about each other,
become the very best of friends.
Unfortunately, however, one of
the most tragic truths of human
existence is that it seems it
requires the peaceful
conduct/cooperation of literally
100 per cent of the world's populace in order to ensure/maintain
100 per cent global stability 100
per cent of the time; meanwhile, it
can take only one person to cause
the disintegration of global stability and then catastrophe—e.g. the
lone assassin who alone triggered
the domino effect that eventually
resulted in the brutal First World
—Frank G. Sterle, Jr
White Rock Paoe Fridav-the Ubvssev Magazine
Friday. September 21. 20011
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Strange Little Songs
Leave it to Tori Amos to be unique, unusual,
and push hidden limits even with a cover
album. Instead of a fluffy, loosely-put-together
mix of all-time favourites, sung Tori-style, you
get a collection of seemingly disparate pieces:
everything from Eminem and Slayer to the
Boomtown Rats, hacked beyond recognition
and then re-built in Tori fashion. The result is
an album that, while quite bizarre, wears on
you until you're playing it on repeat
The album opens with a salute to the Velvet
Underground, as she covers their song "New
Age." Smoky and raw, one can't help but picture
Tori on a stage in an alley club, singing amidst
the cigarette smoke, while two drunk lovers are
the only ones brave enough to dance. A beautiful piece, unfortunately, it's quickly forgotten as
you go deeper into the album.
Tori's cover of Eminem's "'97 Bonnie &
Clyde," was highly criticised even before the
album's release. Her attempt to reclaim the
anti-woman lyrics by singing them is poignant.
It's almost funny how successfully she co-
opts Eminem's previously abrasive
rhymes. The song is eerie, frightening and,
certainly to Eminem's dismay, pretty. Be cautious, however, because this cover is guaranteed to scare the living daylights out of you.
The cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" is
almost unrecognisable. If you're a hardcore Neil
Young fan, and Lawrence Gowan's cover of the
same tune almost put you in an early grave, you
might want to slap this track on Tori's
album. The lyrics are the same, everything else is not. This is definitely the
track where Tori gets the most experimental and she doesn't miss the mark.
Tori also experiments with the
Beatles tune "Happiness is a Warm
Gun." John, Paul, George and Ringo'
are nowhere to be found, but Tori's
anti-violence message is definitely
there. To hammer the message she
includes clips of voices talking about
violence in America and 'the right to
bear arms.'
By far, the best pieces on the album
are those where the lyrics shine
though; tracks where you have to double-check the liner notes to make sure
she didn't actually write them. "Strange
Little Girl," a Stranglers track, flows so
sweetly from Tori's mouth it could
have been a track off her own From a
Choirgirl Hotel album.
But Tori is at her best when she sings the stories of corn mon women. Her cover of the Lloyd
Cole and the Commotions' "Rattlesnakes" fits
her like a favourite sweater. While her interpretation of the Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like
Mondays" is also sure to become a fan
The album is full of strange little songs.
Using her distinct voice. Tori Amos brands
these songs as her own. Like a fingerprint, her
voice is entirely unique and makes this album
raw, vulnerable and strong all at the same
—Julia Christensen
Ancient Melodies Of The Future
Built To Spill has been pouring out quality
indie rock for a long time, and the Boise,
Idaho trio has shown no signs of stopping.
Their devoted fan base has been waiting
since 1999's stellar Keep It Like A Secret
for new material, with only a live album to
keep their hunger for similar epic pop balladry in check. With this summer's release
of Ancient Melodies Of The Future, old
Built To Spill fans and new admirers alike
will soon be humming the infectious and
complex tunes, whether they like it or not.
The album is appropriately titled. These
Ancient Melodies do sound as if they could
have been conjured up in years past. The
music feels as immediately familiar as
decades-old classic rock. However, the
Future speaks up throughout the album as
well. At a time when guitar solos on commercial radio rarely go beyond mimicking
lead vocal lines, it doesn't take much to be
regarded as an innovator. But here,
singer/guitarist Doug Martsch comes off
like a more highly evolved subspecies of
rock musician, one of the most imaginative guitarists in this genre. On the chugging first track of the album, "Strange,"
Martsch gives his effects boxes a workout
probably undreamed of by the manufacturer. Then there's the straight-ahead rock
number "Happiness," owner of some of
the best sliding riffs in recent memory.
Martsch's voice, as usual, borders on a
Neil Young impression, which really isn't
such a bad thing since it works so wel with
the band's sound. The lyrics earnestly talk
of time-honoured topics of love and loneliness. They are very creative, but it feels at
times as if Martsch would" rather stick to
his guitar. For example, the lyrics in "You
Are" consist of only one phrase. After lackadaisically crooning the words, Martsch
reverts to what he's known best for, and
soars into an extended whale song of a guitar solo.
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As difficult as it surely is to assert themselves amidst all of this, the other members of the band (bassist Brett Nelson and
drummer Scott Plouf) are a rock-solid
foundation for Martsch's efforts. Forming
a great rhythm section, they propel the
melodies along through mid-song time
signature changes more than competently. Cello and piano instrumentation grace
a few of the songs, a pleasant—if unnecessary—addition to an already densely
arranged sound. Ancient Melodies Of The
Future has the smart songwriting to win
over listeners who hear just one song on
the radio, and enough depth to make a
purchase and repeated listening worthwhile. ♦
—Michael Schwandt
Stop by
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UBC Aquatic Centre
Sunday, September 23 9:00 am
Race Volunteers Needed!
Come out to a great event this weekend!
The 5th Annual Pacific Spirit Triathlon & Duathlon is
looking for race volunteers.
Positions include race marshals, timing personnel,
and registration assistants.
All volunteers receive a race t-shirt, breakfast, draw
prizes and a chance to experience
an exciting sprint-distance triathlon race!
Sanctioned by
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teams make It to the NAIA champs?
by Scott Bardsiey
Three years ago, the UBC crosscountry team made the difficult
transition from the CIAU to the
NAIA. It lost all but thirteen of its
runners and has been facing stiffer
competition in meets ever since. But
all the team's work in the tougher
league is starting to pay off. After
narrowly missing the regional
meet's two qualifying spots last
year, this year the team has a strong
chance of winning the regionals and
going all the way to the NAIA crosscountry championships.
The men's team is led by David
Milne and Byron Wood, who have
placed seventh and tenth respectively in the NAIA nationals last year.
Almost all of its athletes are back
and ready to run this season.
"This year's team is deeper than
any of the previous years' that I've
ever been a part of/ Milne said. "It's
the first year where the team really
is a team. We actually have a sense
of winning as a group and trying to
do the best as a group in all the
Milne said that with strong performances from runners such as
Wood,    John    Luckhurst,     Dave
Roulston and the Titus twins, Joren
and Morgan, they're going to be in
"a great, great position to win the
NAIAs as a team." Previously only
Milne and Wood had ever qualified
for the nationals, and only as indi-
. viduals. But if the team places first
in the regionals, or is ranked as one
of the top 2 5 teams nationally, then
the whole team qualifies.
Coach Marek Jedrzejek said that
last year the team was very young
their focus was to get as much competitive experience as possible. The
team had to make do without Milne,
who was red-shirted due to injury.
Milne, who is now in his last year
of eligibility for the team, has only
been running since Grade 11, but
won the 1998 Junior Canadian
National Championships and the
2001 CIAU 3000m. According to
teammate Dave Roulston, he is "an
international class athlete."
Heather MacDonald leads the
women's team. She placed fifth in
CIAU cross-country in 1997 and
13th at the World University Games
in Beijing this summer. The
women's team is welcoming several
new members this year, but the
team still feels that this is going be a
strong season.
"It's kind of a building year/ said
Roulston. "There's more depth this
year then there was last year and
Heather MacDonald is probably
going to be a good team leader."
"It's great to see all these girls
down here [at practice]/ said
MacDonald. "It's just going to be a
matter of keeping them going.
Sometimes they get scared by the
amount of running they have to do
Jedrzejek is also excited about
the potential of some of the women
runners, particularly that of rookie
Sarah Swann, who placed fourth in
3000m and the steeplechase at the
BC high school championships.
"[She's a] very talented athlete
and she has a lot of potential...to be
one of our top athletes."
According to Roulston, the difference this year will be "staying injury-
free and staying positive. Everything
from there will sort itself out. Just
keep training hard and everything
will work out well."
And some of the men have introduced a new element to their training: weight training. Three times a
week, seven of the runners go to the
gym as a group and try to push each
"I think it's really going to supplement our running. We go in probably three times a week and do full
body, upper body and lower body.
Hopefully we'll start seeing results
from that," Roulston said.
"When you put something like
that on—a weight program—it's
going to take away from running
because they're not going to be as
fresh at practice," Milne said. "[But]
we're trying to be our best at the end
of November...Until then everything
else is kind of geared up for that
The team will be in Seattle this
weekend for the Sundodger
Invitational, the team's first meet of
the season. ♦
RUN, RUN, RUN: (Above)The
UBC cross-country team practises on Tuesday. With strong
returning runners, the team
might just have what it takes to
win the NAIA regionals and go
on to the nationals, nic fensom
The football team is playing away
against the Regma Rams tonight
The undefeated Rams will be
very stiff competition for the
Birds, who scored their first victory of the season just last
Friday According to UBC coach
Jay Prepchuck, the Rams are
"very powerful on offence
They've got two of the better players in the country." To beat the
Goliath, he said; "offensively
[UBC has] to be much more consistent..and establish a bit more
of a running game than [it has]
done in the past."
Field Hockey
.The women's field hockey team
;. plays its season-opener this weekend in Calgary at the first Canada
West Tournament. This year's
: squatl is a young one, having lost
six of its best players last year.
"We ■ have potential to be a
very good team...A lot of teams
fejm the CIAU lost a lot of players, so it's like whole new teams
thatY are meeting this weekend...It'll be interesting to see
what happens," said fifth-year
player and captain Stephanie
The UBC men's and women's soccer teams are travelling around
Alberta this weekend, playing
Lethbridge on Saturday and
Calgary on Sunday. The 1-0-1
men play the 1-1 Pronghorns on
Saturday, and should have an
easy game on Sunday against the
winless Dinos. The winless
women start the weekend off
against 0-2 Lethbridge and play
the tough 3-0-1 Dinos on the next
Women's Rugby
The women's rugby team and its
new coach, Spencer Robinson,
have their home-opener against
Varsity Bay this Saturday at
11:30am on Wilson Field. ♦
Come to SUB Boom 23 (in the
basement) with the answer to
the question below, and you
may win:
Question: What band were
formerly a pari of?
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