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THE UBYSSEY MAGAZINE Friday, January 7, 2000 volume 81 issue 25        ■..**
Sick of the health plan?
In a referendum at the end of September, UBC students voted in favour of the mandatory stu-     -L
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student fees have jumped by $112. But you might not have to pay
Here's the the information you need to know.
by Nicholas Bradley
Who has to pay?
The short answer is that everyone has to pay. All full-time and part-time students
who are members of the AMS or GSS are being assessed $112 in addition to their
usual student fees, which works out to $14 per month from January to August. And
if you go to UBG, odds are that's you. Students in Continuing Education courses do
The good news is that even
not have to pay.
though the deadline for tuition payments is
today, you may not have to pay the health plan
fee. Yet.
The registrar's office has said that they are
treating the health plan fee the same way as all
the other fees it collects, but it won't make students pay the $112 until the opt-out period ends
on January 22.
This means that your tuition fees aren't necessarily as high as they sound on Telereg. "The
university has quite graciously and surprisingly
agreed to help us out, and they are not charging any late fees or making any kind of penalties for students who don't pay that $112 during the opt-out period," says Kristin Foster of
StudentCare Networks, the company administering of the plan.
Here's how it works. If you already have
health and dental insurance, you can pay your
tuition today (minus the $112), opt out of the
health plan before the 22nd, and avoid paying
If you don't pay, and you don't opt out, then
you owe the university $112. The Calendar
says that undergraduates who don't pay their
fees on time will be placed on financial hold
(meaning that you can't register or change your
registration, can't access your transcript, can't
graduate, and your use of the library may be
restricted until you pay up. You are also
charged a $25 processing fee.), and charged
interest at prime plus 6 per cent per annum.
The same applies to graduate students, but the
risk of deregistration is more severe.
The first two months?
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The insurance company is responsible for the
two-month  period  during which you won't
receive  reimbursement cheques for your
insurance claims. Foster says that this black-   VVhat if VOU doil't have MSP?
out period is an industry standard. During the
first two months of the semester, you will
have to pay for prescription drugs and trips to
the dentist up front, and you will be reimbursed in March.
Who can opt out ?
If you already have extended health and dental
insurance, whether your own or your parents',
you can choose not be a part of the AMS health
and dental plan. The British Columbia Medical
Services Plan (MSP) doesn't count as extended
coverage, however.
The reference guide mailed by the AMS to all
students says that this coverage must be
"equivalent" to that offered by the AMS. But
Kristin Foster of StudentCare Networks says
that her company won't be strict about this definition—any basic health and dental coverage
above what MSP offers is enough.
"We're not going to insist that it be equivalent in terms of percentages or exact coverage.
As long as the student feels that they have adequate health and dental insurance, that's fine."
You may not have MSP if you are an international student or if your parents' plan has
expired and you haven't registered for MSP on your own. You can call 683-7151 to
register for MSP, or go to www.hlth.gov.bc.ca/msp. A single person pays $36 a month
for MSP, unless you make less than $20,000 a year, in which case you pay according
to an income-based scale.
There is a standard three-month waiting period for MSP, however. As an alternative, StudentCare Networks offers a $99, three-month MSP-equivalent package. You
can apply at their office in the lower level of the SUB, down the hall from Travel CUTS.
How do I opt out?
If you want out of the AMS health plan, you will need:
1. A photocopy of a card or certificate showing that you are covered for extended health and dental coverage.
2. The name of your insurance company.
3. Your insurance policy number. (Or you can have a letter from the insurance
company or the plan sponsor [eg your employer or your parents'] that says you are
covered for extended health and dental.)
4. A student ID number.
5. Your StudentCare PIN—this is on the card the AMS mailed to you. If you didn't get this package, you need to get a form from the health plan office in the SUB
and fill it out.
If you have all of the above, you can opt out online at www.studentcare.net, and
then bring or mail your proof of coverage to the health plan office. You can also do
the whole process in person in the
SUB, but be prepared for long lineups—Foster says that she expects
up to 40 per cent of UBC's 32,000
students to opt out.
I want to go to the
If you need your teeth cleaned, you'll
be covered up to 70 per cent under
the AMS health plan. But if you go to
certain dentists, you'll be covered
for an additional 20 per cent. Any
dentist can join the "Student Dental
Network" but he or she must join for
you to receive this increased coverage. Foster says that there are
almost 20 dentists on the list so far.
A complete list will be posted next
week at www.studentcare.net. "It's
been delayed a little bit because of
Christmas holidays...but the
response has been really enthusiastic," she said.<»
Contact Information
Student Care Networks
Health Plan Office
SUB Room 80 (near Travel CUTS)
toll-free: (877) 7954421
Ryan Marshall
AMS president
Roger Miller
GSS president
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CUPE workers on strikels *» p"**■
reality at UBC?
by Daliah Merzaban
GET OFF THI BUS The rotating picket lines set up by CUPE locals on campus forced students to walk part of the way to school (right) and blocked access to the bookstore
(above), tara westover photo
by Daliah Merzaban
Dozens of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) members blocked students from entering Koerner Library yesterday
afternoon in the second day of a rotating strike on campus.
"This strike is about fair treatment for campus workers, fair
treatment for students," said Alex Grant, president of CUPE
Local 2278, the teaching assistants' union. Several CUPE
locals were picketing the library.
"I think it's a shame that students aren't aware of all the
concerns that we have, and it would be nice if students were
actually informed," Grant added.
Although many students respected the picket line and
walked away, others were upset at how CUPE members handled students who wanted to cross the line. Some students
walking away from the picket line complained that the workers
were too aggressive, saying that they booed and yelled
"shame" at students who chose to cross the line.
"I just don't know what's going on," said fourth-year
Geography student Josephine Chiu, who walked away from the
picket line after being confronted by CUPE workers.
"I'm just intimidated. If I could cross it I would cross it,"
she added.
But CUPE workers defended their tactics, saying that they
intended on giving students the option of crossing.
"From my perspective, we're here to persuade, not to
obstruct," said Local 116 President John Geppert.
Since early December, CUPE Locals 116 and 2950, which
together represent over 3000 campus support staff, have
been in a legal strike position after negotiations with UBC at
the Labour Relations Board formally ended. Both Locals have
been negotiating with UBC since last January for contracts
that expired on March
On Wednesday morning, a picket line on
University Boulevard
blocked buses from
entering the SUB bus
loop, forcing hundreds of
students to walk over
two kilometres from Blanca to campus. TransLink media relations official John Stuart said bus drivers are asked to uphold
the safety of the bus and passengers, which could include, he
said, choosing not to enter an area of labour dispute.
CUPE officials said the transit drivers, who are also
unionised, were respecting the picket lines.
Also on Wednesday, students who had arrived early to campus to avoid long line-ups at the Bookstore were also obstructed by picket lines which closed the store until 11:00am.
CUPE officials said that Wednesday's actions were
designed to give a taste of the disruptions that could be
caused by a campus-wide strike.
"This just can't go on any longer," said Connie Credico,
CUPE national representative, speaking of the problems the
seven CUPE locals at BC's four universities have faced in contract negotiations with their respective universities.
"We're prepared to extend this as far as necessary," she
added, emphasising that affecting students is a last resort.
CUPE officials are demanding that the provincial government appoint a special mediator to assist the unions in resolving large sectoral issues, including wages and value-added
benefits. Credico gave a January 19 deadline for a mediator
to be appointed and issues to be resolved.
As part of their rotating strike this week, UBC support
staff locals are not enforcing parking regulations,
allowing UBC students to park for free in all campus
parkades and parking lots.
Parking officials, however, are warning students to pay.
Debbie Harvie, UBC's director of parking, said that
CUPE workers are misinforming students about the
parking regulations.
"Tow trucks are on campus and they will continue
to tow." she said.
Only outside parking attendants are picketing.
Harvie said. As a result, any cars that are parked illegally—in front of fire hydrants or in loading zones, for
instance—will be towed immediately.
And Harvie said that if the strike continues, indoor
parking attendants and management will begin taking
action against cars that don't pay.
Harvie. who is also director of the UBC Bookstore,
also noted the "significant impact" Wednesday's
picket line had on Bookstore sales. While 3000-4000
customers were expected to purchase books, only
800 did.*
But UBC spokesperson
Paula Martin said that UBC
doesn't see the need for a
system-wide mediator since
a mediator was appointed
for UBC in mid-December to
address local issues. Martin
added that the university
was caught off guard by this
week's job action.
Negotiations with UBC
locals, she said, have been
productive in the last month
because of the mediator.
CUPE officials, however,
maintain that the university's reluctance to deal with issues at a provincial level will-enly
perpetuate the problem, and lead to more inconveniences in
the near future.
When the Bookstore did open Wednesday morning, CUPE
workers let only five students in at a time. The reduced hours
and picket lines angered many students who complained
about not being warned about the job action, which came at a
very busy time for the Bookstore.
But CUPE members insist that their intention is not to
affect students negatively but to call attention to the unions'
"Our idea is not to impact students in a detrimental way,"
said Trina Chambers, a member of Local 116 who works at
the Bookstore.
"This saves them from being inconvenienced on a larger
BC's three other universities Sent CUPE representatives to
UBC to support the striking workers on Wednesday.
Lynne Fowler, president of Local 3338 at Simon Fraser
University, said that action at UBC applies to BC's other universities as well.
"We are joining in solidarity with our brothers at UBC," she
Pit butts out in accordance with new policy
by Nicola Jones
Wednesday was the first Pit Night of the millennium and the room was filled with noise,
hormones, and cheap cologne as usual—but
for the first time, there was no smoke.
The new atmosphere is the result of a
strict, new no-smoking policy for all public
facilities in BC, including pubs and restaurants, which was imposed by the Worker's
Compensation Board (WCB) beginning
January 1. The new rule are aimed at protecting workers from second-hand smoke.
At UBC, the new regulation will mostly
affect the Pit Pub and the Gallery, the two
licensed areas of the Student Union Building.
Both facilities are now smoke-free.
If anyone attempts to light up a cigarette in
these venues, says AMS General Manager
Bernie Peets, "the staff have been instructed
to ask that person to stop smoking...If they
refuse, as with all other regulations in the bar,
they'll be asked to leave."
At the Pit Pub on Wednesday, the rules left
smokers lighting up outside the back door.
"I think it totally sucks," said law student
Paul Singh as he lounged on the concrete
steps. "It's initially traumatising," he joked
about the new policy, "but I think I'll get over it."
"They're all pretty young," said bartender
Mario Franson. "No one likes to smoke anymore anyway."
Pit manager Bill Anderson said that the
WCB rules didn't seem to be having any
effect on the long line of students waiting to
get in.
In the Gallery, "Clearing the Air" signs
adorn the doors, and the ashtrays have disappeared, though cigarettes are still on sale
behind the bar. Manager Cathy Dryden doesn't have a problem with the policy, or anticipate any loss in profits.
"I think it's good," she said. "We don't
have proper ventilation—we don't have ceiling
fans or anything. It would get quite smoky in
Across BC, other bar owners are kicking up
a fuss about the regulations—which are being
enforced with fines of $1500 to $4000 for a
first offence. AI Arbuthnot, president of the BC
Liquor Retailers Association, said  Monday
that his group is bringing legal action against
the WCB in an attempt to kill the new regulations.
A "snitch line" set up by the WCB has
already received hundreds of phone calls,
most of them complaints about non-compliant
The WCB insists that the new regulations
are to protect bar workers from second-hand
smoke, for which, according to WCB
spokesperson Scott McCloy, there is no
acceptable level of exposure.
But Arbuthnot says that about 80 to 90 per
cent of bar workers smoke themselves, and
may be worried about losing their jobs.
Neither Anderson nor Dryden think that this
will be a concern at UBC.»> jary 7, 2000 • page friday—the ubyssey magazine
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The Sega Dreamcast, you've heard all about it. You've read
the articles. You've seen the commercials. The question
remains: is Sega's latest effort worth $300 (or $299.99 for
those of you that are easily fooled)? To quote Stone Cold
Steve Austin, "OH HELL YEAH!"
Like Austin, the Dreamcast opens a can
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those of you who blinked, you might have
missed Sega's last console, the Sega
| Saturn. This time around, Sega (learning
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great games.
j It comes with a 56k modem, a CPU
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player controller ports, blah blah blah—
suffice it to say this is a powerful
machine. Sega likes to say that the
machine is "thinking." What exactly is it
thinking? Is it thinking that it looks too
'chunky' in those promotional photos? Or
is it worried about what Nintendo and
Sony are planning to do next year?
With almost a year's head start on
the competition, it has plenty of time to
build a loyal following. Undoubtedly, the
Dreamcast has the potential to be a
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QQpver Fifth Avenue Cinemas and Park Cinema.
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Other changes to the Ridge include the installation of a digital sound system and more comfortable seats with a more spacious layout, which
will come as a relief to anyone who braved a double bill in their previous chairs.
At a  press conference Thursday,  Alliance
UBC struggled at the Millennium Madness
Basketball Tournament in Victoria on December 27-
29 and ended up dropping all three games. UBC
lost 9069 to Lewis and Clark University, 62-61 to
Trinity Western University, and 79-57 to McMaster
University. First-year guards Jama Mahlalela and
Jaheed Bakare were named UBC players of the
game during the three-day tournament.
The Thunderbirds (6-2) will face the University of
Alberta Golden Bears to tip ofj
their regular season at
Friday, January 7 and Saturd;
Over the holidays, the team play©
Tournament and finished with a ^""record:
started the tournament with a 65-62 overtime loss
to Bishop's University but came back with an 8846
win over the University of Waterloo. The Birds also
won the consolation draw 94-31 against the
Carleton University Ravens.
The women's basketball team (5-3) resumes
regular season play against the undefeated
University of Alberta (8-0) in War Memorial Gym on
Friday, January 7 and Saturday, January 8 at
The Thunderbirds hosted the 1999 Valour Cup tour
nament on December 27-28 and finished in fourth
place. UBC started the two-day tournament with a
4-1 loss against the Yale University Bulldogs. UBC
center Rob Petrie was named the UBC player of the
game. Against the Mount Royal College Cougars,
UBC took a 5-3 lead in the third period, but could
not hold the Cougars off, falling by a score of 86.
UBC left-winger Sandy Hayer scored four goals for
the Birds and was named the UBC player of the
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UBC started the tournament with a 4-1 win over
the Universite de Montreal Carabins. UBC setter
Kyle Recsky was named the UBC Player of the
Game. UBC played the Carabins once again for
their second game and came out with a 3-0 victory. UBC power Guy Davis was named a tournament all-star.
UBC will play away at the Manitoba Invitational
Tournament this weekend and will continue the
regular season at Trinity Western University
January 12 before returning home.**
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Do yourself a favour and stay
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Sports will not disappoint. For a
football gaming fan, it'll take a lot
dication of the future, then the Dreamcast will be   of self-control not to purchase the
Dreamcast for this game alone.
Despite its bells and whistles,
:er better known in the Sega lineup than Sonic the the Dreamcast still keeps you
nd this time he's brought more friends with him. waiting while the games are load-
look fantastic. By taking you running over lakes, ing. Yet, even though it isn't a peris jungles, Sonic Adventure will have your heart feet system, you may have found
le Big Mac with cheese. The only complaint is that a new best friend in the shape of
: some of the animated sequences that are includ- a little grey box and a controller.^'
Overall, the game is great and it really shows the P
■ page friday—the ubyssey magazine •friday, janue
ME AND MY MATCHMAKER: One of the films about love,
relationships and the Jewish experience.
various venues
Jan. 9-12
- . by Lawrence Chew
lain a
I Film.
.Is of
a dou-
Atlantis Cinemas also disclosed plans for the construction of cinemas downtown and in east
Vancouver. A new downtown cinema would join the
12-screen Tinseltown, recently opened by
Cinemark USA, Inc., the company's first foray into
The Ridge will debut as an Alliance Atlantis
Cinema on January 14.<»
—with Hies from Andrea Winkler
i_The ti|eme was to Think Big. This past August, the UBC
i Hillel /House (campus home of the Vancouver B'nai B'rith
I Hille/Foundation), discussed staging some big projects,
P-pefhaps for the community. There had already been poetry
i readings and art exhibitions, but they wanted something
[ bigger—something everyone could relate to.
| Enter third year UBC student and Hillel board Cultural
| Chairperson Eadie Meyer. "I just wanted to bring diverse
people together and do something that hadn't been done
before." With that in mind and trying to
'think big,' she claims this is the "biggest
[she] could get."
With the help of Program Director Lori
Braha, the Vancouver Hillel Rim Festival
was launched. The event features screenings of several films with Jewish themes,
traditions, marriage, homosexuality and
The choices in films seem both interesting and eccentric. "We tried to find
[films] that would appeal to different sorts
of people and really get a diverse group of
people out there."
By searching through various catalogues, such as the Israeli Rim Festival,
Eadie and other organisers were able to
find award-winning films such as the opening night's Remember Assaf, an Israeli
documentary about a fallen soldier.
Another resource was the National Rim
Board of Canada's internet catalogue.
There, organisers found short films such
as Party Favor, which features Friends'
David Schwimmer and Bambinger, a film
based on a Mordecai Richler story .
Hillel House isn't the only campus
organisation involved with the film festival.
Pride UBC will be co-sponsoring the second night of screenings. Featured films
explore the relationships between homosexuals and heterosexuals while following
the cultural theme. One such film is
Bubbeh Lee & Me. It tells the story of a
young gay man and his Jewish grandmother.
When asked about the possibility of the
festival growing or at least becoming an
annual event, Eadie remarked, "Well,
we're not sure. We'll see how this one
goes. The first one's always the hardest to
do... if it goes well, then we'll see about
another one."*>
Nino leaves UBC b-ball midseason
by Naomi Kim
ih can stop ftfno Sose on the basketball
ersa deadly sewer, a talented passer, and
rfinfchdr. He can handle Ute best of them.
*e court, as the 1997-98-UBC men's bas^
could notbeh^;bactc~there«
sard to fa the coming year for both the team
e. But after afrseasbn spinal surgery, he<§d
«er<in *ne to play the next season,
wateclayeartof^back into the Tlwnderftrd
tofttsiftth yea*otf efgWHry, buttfwe mriWEhs
teton,-ihe taped a challenge tougier than flie
>w«d?orOie^!ong^guaid—tie had to face
HewaSf^hetl^iand he was ptesingWiM;
: wasnt enough.."Ani so he is leaving the
Mrd team tf&f fs; Currently tied for second
ihe Canada West cewference.
main mason I came back is because I was
he team and the coaching staff, and it took
through the season before I realised tfiat
nqugV saklSose.
tieart wasnt in it anymore 100 per cent--,
toing justice to my coaches and my team-
The fifthyear guard—-praised by UBC men's basketball head coach Bruce Enns as "a great cornbi-
nation of heart, mind and body, very talented, developed with skills, {a] ©eat passer, and great scorer*—also played a large leadership role on the
young team, £^ life deciskjn to o«p£rt came as
somewr&ofash^ ■
o^oirtJa teem « st tegular
season game in 1999; Sii>s£afthainoedlhat he was
*te$ng about leaving the team.
L';5Gjuys couldn't believe ft," said team captain Jon
f, Sose had consulted about his decision.
< -y Sose totd Fast that he thought he was hurting tte
teammore than he was JNiJp&qJ ft. But Sose's comments were hard for the team captain to accept—in
the past, Fast had to<<^.to:.^o#lir:|»elp in leading
At the team meeting, Fast recalled, "we said to
Nino, 'if you don't want to be here, don't be here,'
but everyone expressed fliat Wey want him to stay."
"It was disappointing," said guard Kevin Heeler,
who had the chance to play with Sose Ibr three
months. "He was definitely one of our better players...Everyone looked to him for leadership, so
we're going to miss him that way—«s well as his
Even after surgery, Sose had been impressive on
the court, his back and conditioning improving daily.
But he admitted that 'it was an adjustment—I wasn't 100 per cent like I was before."
"Stilt, {he was] rrorybe our best player even after
surgery because of his experience.,.and skills,"
said Ems, who saktlhat he was not shocked, but
disappointed at ihe news.
the guard arrived from Mbstar. Bosnia. 'But [Sose]
was not able to do the kind of things that he was
used to doiigand it ted to a lot of frustration on his
part, and oomblned with tiie fact that he has a rather
tuff plate on his hands-^-ftCs in {the Faculty of]
Education...he wasnt able to do in a basketball
sense what he'd been able to do before."
And part of that was due to distraction on
Sose's part.
"I jtist got more interested inotherthings such as
coaching and teaching," he said.
The time he previously committed to daily practices and weekend games is quickly being filled. The
two-time Academic All-Canadian is enrolled in an
intensive oneyear teaching degree in secondary
education. After taking seven counses in the first
term, he will be completing his practicum at
Richmond Secondary School in the upcoming month
as a social studies and physical education teacher.
AH ttis is in addition to being an assistant coach for
the St George's Secondary School senior boys bas-
ketball team.
Consistently exceiyng in academics, St^se ws^s.
also able to prow himself on the court e^/afterl
:^\^^i^i§(^m^i^kman m this:ye^§;^isf«ft-
ball teai^andmuoh was expet ##bt:
the tew veteran players on die team. ArrtfnowliWffc
he's gone, me Thimderbifds must go on vtflfctfijt h&n.;
The results bave been mixed since J
game in November. The UBC team hanrj|3#)ahei
University of letttbrfdge—the top team fl^O^
Canada West-4heir first toss of th
over the holidays, the team was
in a noricortference tournament in Victor.*    P-o^S^
''Everybody loves Nino, still do,* said Enns| ^Ht?
we just [have] to get along without him. I thinkllvWf
one's working very, very hardte4|fcpi4te -slack
and we'll have to see...At this point we dont even
dare make a judgement, Vve only have one way to
think and that's the team will define.'"'
"ft was very d1s^>ppoirttlng]te lose-Sose]^ but it
was something I think was probably best for film.** 7, 2000 • page friday—the ubyssey magazine -
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Hate makes the front page—again
It shouldn't be surprising. By now, the National Post and
The Province newspapers have made their political leanings
pretty clear. And at least they're obvious about it. But both
papers still have the ability to turn the stomach of anybody
who believes in tolerance or equality. And this week they've
done it again, in grand, front-page style.
The coverage this past week of grants totalling
$145,418 given by Minister of Social Work and Status of
Women Hedy Fry to various lesbian organisations is the latest example. You may have seen it: both the Province and
the Post devoted their front pages to the story. Conrad
Black's national newspaper's coverage was particularly
distasteful in leading the charge against lesbians everywhere: the lead treated the grants as if they're a scandal
to be exposed.
"While federal agencies that provide essential services
have been struggling with reduced budgets, the government has been handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars
to lobby groups for lesbians, a leaked document shows."
Oh no! Not LESBIANS! Just makes you want to vote in
the Reform Party as soon as you can, doesn't it? Put a stop
to these anti-family shenanigans!
And the local reaction to the Post story was predictable. After the blatantly slanted story appeared on
January 4 ("As the grants were being distributed, the
Canadian Armed Forces was trying to keep up with a growing number of...peacekeeping missions..."), the Province
picked up the anti-lesbian ball and ran straight to the
January 5 front page with it to make their point. See if you
can spot it in the intro:
"Federal cabinet minister Hedy Fry's $145,418 in grants
to lesbian lobby groups in BC is not the way to spend taxpayers' money, critics say."
See it? Might as well be "Our view, is correct, critics
say." It's not so difficult to find a critic that agrees with
you: Reform MP John Reynolds was recruited to give a
quote on the subject, and did so readily. But even Reynolds
stated that Reform wants an end to grants to all groups—
"even the Boy Scouts"—as long as health care in Canada is
in trouble. But had Fry given $145,418 to the Boy Scouts,
or to, say, people with disabilities, would the Post and
Province had splashed it all over the front page?
Every time Canada seems to be moving towards a
respectable degree of tolerance, we betray ourselves and
slide backwards. And it happens all the time. Even while
the courts rule over and over in favour of human rights, of
women's rights, and of the rights of same-sex couples, the
hate-peddlers come out of the woodwork if given half a
chance. And they did again. The National Post and The
Province are just reflections of a significant slice of our
The sole reason that this story was treated with such
volume is the fact that the grants were going to lesbian
organisations. If the grants had been earmarked for almost
any other identifiable minority, there would never had been
such an outcry. But it did afford the Post the chance to run
such opinion pieces as the one by Ezra Levant on January 5.
Levant asserted, among other things, that lesbians are
mostly conservative and that "Like official aboriginals, the
handicapped, women and immigrants, lesbian activists are
being recruited for their political credentials."
It shouldn't be a surprise. But that doesn't mean it's
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Todd Silver
Cynthia Lee
Naomi Kim
Tom Peacock Tara Westover
Duncan M. McHugh Nicholas Bradley
Jaime Tong Daliah Merzaban
cup Nyranne Martin
web Flora Graham
research DantdSilveniiaiv'(kaemeWority
letters  Lisa Denton
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had set. Comrade Chew picked up his hammer and
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Westover forged a new path, and Comrade Lee built a
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Outrage for
spoof article
In regards to the article "Christ
returns..." [Jan. 4], I have to say
that as a Christian student at UBC,
I am outraged by what was written.
However, this article helps me
to realise that everyone in life is
struggling. If lashing out or belittling someone's faith for the hardships that they have experienced in
life makes them feel better, I can
only pray for them.
These people who ridiculed
Jesus' death on the cross by calling it "a royal waste of time" need
to realise what a great man he was
to die for our sins.
I ask these people: would they
ever be able to give up their life for
someone they have not met, and
love them no matter what they do?
Another point is that he could have
died an easier death but he died by
crucifixion. Having both of his
hands and feet nailed to a cross,
he then had to support his weight
with his outstretched arms, finally
suffocating to death. The pain is
unimaginable. There is no greater
example of love than that.
I find myself asking what would
Jesus do? I know that I am doing
just as Jesus would do because I
am praying for—and loving—those
people who find this amusing and
have no problem with the printing
of such a disgusting article.
Calreen Piper
Mockery of
Christ disgusting
The Ubyssey has gone too far with
its Jan. 4 article "Christ returns
'pissed.'" What a disgusting piece
of garbage this article is.
There is absolutely nothing
humorous about mocking and
degrading Jesus Christ. The
obscenities alone were offensive,
but the fact that they were attributed to things Jesus would say is
This article is offensive not
only to followers of Christ, but to
Christ himself. The Ubyssey has
no right to make such a fool of
God. I sincerely hope we will not
see such trash in our student
newspaper again.
Mary Gray
Pharmacy 3
"Hateful and
It is sad and disturbing when people defame, vilify, and slander to
get a laugh. The Ubyssey's article,
"Christ Returns Pissed" [Jan. 4] is
an unhumorous, direct attack on
Jesus Christ and His followers. It is
hateful and degrading.
"Do unto others whatever you
would have them do unto you"
(Matt 7:12). Instead of misrepresenting and insulting, let's live the
Golden Rule and respect those
around us, especially God.
Stephanie Gray
Arts 2
Farce carried
too far
I usually enjoy reading the Ubyssey
for the information it provides on
campus events and issues related
to students. However, the Jan. 4
issue was offensive. I realise that
the whole thing was a farce, but it
borders on hate literature against
Christians. You would never dare to
publish anything referring to Allah,
Mohammed, Buddha, Krishna, or
the Gurus the way you talk about
Jesus and God. Although I have no
desire to sterilise everything and
make it all politically correct and
non-offensive to everyone, the
extent to which you carried your
farce was too far. Usually, in the
context of a university, when someone presents a viewpoint offensive
to others, it has at least the potential for intelligent debate. Your
issue's aim was to make a mockery
of the Bible and Christian beliefs. If
you had done the same with any
other religion, there would be an
uproar against perceived religious
persecution. Please be sensitive to
everyone's beliefs.
Amy Tiessen
Science 4
Response to
In the Ubyssey [Dec. 3], Dan
Allard's "A Student Is Pissed Right
Off" was a welcomed reljef by this
reader  and   student  at  UBC.   I
applaud the Ubyssey for printing
Dan's challenge to the propagandist-inclined rhetoric that can build
around any form of "activism" which
wants to make a case that somebody is the "bad guy" and all those
who oppose the "bad guy" are the
"good guy" (no sexism intended). I
agree wholeheartedly with the passionate outrage of Dan, who is
merely wanting more "open" critical
and self-critical analysis among the
(World Trade Organisation) protesters and those media, like the
Ubyssey, that start to try to make it
look like all students are against
the WTO and everything it stands
for. Fascism is everywhere when
there isn't an openness in movements to self-criticism and opposing
views. I think WTO protesters
deserve a lot of credit for enacting
civil democracy and what they
believe is important.! have no problem with that. But like Dan, I have
felt there is "...no way any of us can
possibly issue any sort of retort on
the same level as a university-subsidised paper." I don't agree necessarily with any of Dan's position, but
I agree with his passionate anger
under what can be fascist tactics,
under the best of intention and for a
good cause. I trust there is lots to be
learned from the mistakes of the
WTO activism, as well as to learn
from successes. I am disappointed
the Ubyssey was a bit "mousey" and
avoided engaging with Dan's criticism, leaving only an insipid comment correcting Dan on the amount
of the student fee.
R. Michael Fisher
Graduate student, Educational
Health Plan opt-
out policy
angers student
To those in charge of this negative-
option billing scheme for the health
The medical plan you're imposing on UBC students is reminiscent
of Roger's Cable flirtation of negatively billing customers for services
that they have not personally
requested. It's outrageous that you
would propose an 'opt-out' policy
rather than an 'opt-in' policy for this
plan and it is certain to anger the
MANY students, like myself, who
are already covered by private
health plans.
What you have done is force
many of the people like myself to
PROVE that they DON'T want coverage. You are automatically charging
people and enrolling them in a plan
Why have you simply not proposed that this plan be made available to those who want it and asked
them to apply? Those who really
need it would obviously sign up,
whereas those who don't won't
have to waste their time proving
that they don't want it!
Your tactic will surely come under
fire for being a bad way to do business and is not representative of
the way in which many students
would like to see this health plan
offered. Myself and others will do all
they can to stop these kind of tactics which cause students to waste
time and money on trying to reverse
their coverage.
Think about the bad ethics in
your proposal to the student population when they come and ask you
to resign from office.
You should have offered a plan
that was representative of what the
students wanted: students wanted
an 'opt-in' plan; to be given the
choice in the first place, rather than
having it rammed down their
throats, causing some to have to
waste time to undo your shaddy
deal. Was this a deal to satisfy the
insurance company or the students? Think long and hard next
time about how you pose your question in the next referendum: we certainly don't need loaded package
deals like you proposed, just simple
ones that allow students the freedom to choose without causing
them hassle.
Thanks for wasting our time.
J. Mathew Ward,
Arts 4
WTO: empowerment for
[Re: Page Friday's Dec. 3rd
Editorial] Contrary to your editorial
of December 3 ("Change for the
Better"), the situation in Seattle represents a shifting of power away
from citizens.
An empowered citizen is enlightened about all aspects of the WTO,
knows all the alternatives, and can
choose among those alternatives.
While the concentration of many
people in one area gives an impression of power, mere physical pres
ence does not empower citizens.
This protest did not advance a reasoned argument, did not propose
solutions, and did not offer choices
to other citizens. Instead, this
protest destroyed the credibility of
all the parties and cloaked the genuine debate in irrational fear and
Social activists, with integrity, use
their right to peacefully assemble to
elucidate issues by holding public
discussions and debates. These protesters hypocritically used their right
to peaceful assembly to infringe the
WTO delegates' very same right!
Activists who give power to citizens do so by forming political parties, campaigning for change, and
offering the public new choices.
These protesters certainly did not
empower any citizen.
Rather than "reclaim the right to
be heard," the protesters used physical confrontation to silence their
opponents! The protesters physically
impeded and intimidated WTO delegates because the protesters disagreed with the delegates. This clearly degrades democracy and, in so
doing, takes power away from citizens. I am disturbed that such base
behaviour is acceptable to the author
of this editorial!
When social activists act with
integrity and use their democratic
rights to enlighten and empower citizens, then you may write that power
has shifted into the hands of citizens.
Dylan Richard
Law 2
Silence is
The university's silence regarding the
student violence directed at Lifeline's
display of Tuesday, November 23 is
deafening. As a faculty member I cannot be complicit with an administration that condones, through its benign
inaction, this kind of behaviour. Had
such trampling of free speech taken
place against a group upon which the
university smiles the hue and cry
would be terrific. What is also deeply
troubling is that the three individuals,
who admit to the violence, are revered
student leaders; is this the example
the university seeks to foster?
Please do not validate further student violence by not responding to
this serious incident.
Chris Gallagher
Associate Professor
Department of Theatre, Film
and Creative Writing
AMS president weighs in on the GAP issue
by Ryan Marshall
Although some people have stated to me that those individuals who trashed the Genocide Awareness Project's exhibit
("GAP meets with resistance," Nov. 26) were right to do so, I
do not agree. Violence against personal property is vandalism
and it is violence. Violence and destruction of persol
erty should never be tolerated at a higher learning in
such as ours. We must use words to combat words. It
each of us as individuals to decide—once all the in
is gathered—what we believe and what we do not to
do this correctly, as a prerequisite it is necessary to have all
of the relevant information at one's disposal. In trashing the
GAP exhibit, a small minority of individuals took away from the
larger student population the right of having all the necessary
information people need to make an educated decision. What
right did those students have in deciding what information you
as an individual can and cannot see?
Other people have said the pro-life group should never have
been allowed to get their message out; that it is a flawed message filled with half-truths. Whether or not that is the case,
this group should have been able to express their viewpoint
because, as mentioned earlier, it is up to you as an individual
to carefully weigh all the information and then, as an educated person, to decide what you believe.
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to censorship.'By4imittng one ^rc-up^s right to speak we, in
essence, limit our chances of creating change in the future.
Perhaps in the future the situation would arise where your view
is deemed as unacceptable and you would not be able to
express your views.
I will close by saying that I find the incident that happened
to be unfortunate; it should never have occurred. However,
having said that, I feel that because this situation did occur, it
is our duty to learn from what has transpired. We must never
again let something like this happen. We must let ideas be
heard and if we are in disagreement with a particular message
then we (as is our right) must fight this message by the same
manner in which it was given—with words.
The Alma Mater Society is here not to limit viewpoints but
JPfifgive all the equal opportunity to express their views. We are
nor should we be, in a position to decide what students
uld or should not hear or read. All the students of this uni-
sity should exalt in the fact that they are able to enjoy the
dom of listening to these varied viewpoints. In many
places, and throughout history, that freedom is not or has not
been available. Enjoy and safeguard your right to information
and the rights of your fellow students.
"I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death
your right to say it." —Voltaire
—Ryan Marshall Is the president of the AMS Iiary 7, 2000 • page friday—the ubyssey magazine ■
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Positive aspects of the Seattle WTO
demonstration must be remembered
by Matthew Smith
By now most people have seen pictures or
video footage from the November 30 protest
against the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in
Seattle. Most of these images are filled with
either riot police using tear gas and rubber bullets, or protesters breaking windows and setting garbage dumps ablaze. These images
have usually added up in peoples' minds to
form their perception of a violent and disorganised "Battle in Seattle." Before they know
it, the issues fade to
who inhabit it.
Who were these 50,000 people? They were
people who believed in their ability to create
change within their own society. They came
from all walks of life, ascribed to a rainbow of
different ideologies, were young and old and in
between, had never been to a protest before,
came prepared with gas masks and first aid
equipment. They crossed oceans to come,
were on there way to school and got swept up
in the momentum, were willing to risk arrest
and personal injury, had never seen a cop in
the background, the
people in the streets
are dehumanised,
their hard work unacknowledged, their
dismissed. These ^^^^^™"1^^^^™
things should not be
Why did 50,000
people come to Seattle? They came to defend
their democratic rights as citizens, to protect
their access to health care and education, to
save old growth trees from being cut down, to
stop the growing gap between rich and poor. To
demand to know which of their foods have
been genetically manipulated, to end the
exploitation of developing countries by developed ones, to ensure no more endangered sea
turtles get caught in fishing nets. They came
because they are sick of corporations gaining
more and more power and money at the
expense of the rest of the world and all those
riot gear before.
How did 50,000 people get organised? They
spent uncountable hours working, talking,
teaching, planning, networking, learning,
strategising for free. They held teach-ins and
forums for months leading up to November 30,
arranged buses to transport people for free,
found billets for people to stay with, rented a
warehouse for overflow people. Located food
to cook for people, wrote articles and went on
the airwaves, held workshops on civil disobedience and jail solidarity, set up an independent media centre. They invested their time,
money, knowledge, skills, and emotions.
What did these 50,000 people accomplish?
They achieved their goal and shut down the
WTO, all meetings were cancelled for the day.
They delivered a blow against the ever growing
corporatisation of our world, educated thousands of people on what the WTO is, reclaimed
their streets for ten hours, didn't back down to
the police and their weapons of violence.
Rekindled their hope, learnt more than they
ever had before in one day, danced in intersections, cried, sang,  laughed. They proved to
themselves that
they can make a
proved to the
world that a difference can be
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just focussed on
the positive
parts of the
"Festival of Resistance," because more than
enough have already focused on the negative
side of the "Battle in Seattle." Perhaps the
scale is a little more balanced now. For any
who are interested in learning more about what
happened in Seattle come to the Post-WTO
forum on Wed the 12th at 12:30pm in SUB
room 214/216. There will be street theatre,
spoken word, video footage, a panel discussion, and personal accounts to also help balance the picture.
—Matthew Smith Is a
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