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AMS Whisler Lodge loses 17
beds to meet fire code. Page 3.
Listen to this.
A few things you should know before
you head out to get new tunes. Page 10.
&@f@afins all odds
Donovan Tildesley tells his story of his
experience at the past Paralympics in
Athens. Page 5.
Aboriginal tax
Government revision of 1978 policy
betreays aboriginal rites. Page 10.
Volume 86 Issue 13
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by Eric Szeto
NEWS STAFF
The BC government has proposed
aggressive new measures that will
ensure that citizen's private information will not be shared with
any foreign source, according to
Management Services Minister
Joyce Murray.
"We have strong contractual
measures that are being built into
any partnerships or contracts with
the private sector going forward at
this point and we have legislation
that shuts the gate to the Patriot
Act/ said Murray.
The government sparked an outcry earlier this year when it stated
that it would be handing over BC
residents' medical information,
under the Medical Services Plan
(MSP), to an American service
provider. Concerns were raised that
the US Patriot Act would enable the
American government to have
access to the information.
The BC Information and Privacy
Commissioner was to decide
whether this was a breach of the
Freedom of Information and
Privacy Act in early August, but
delayed because of the overwhelming numbers of submissions
expressing concern. The commis
sioner will rule on the new proposals put forward by the BC government at the end of October.
Under the new law, if companies divulge information they face
the risk of forfeiting their contract
and in some cases, their business,
according to Murray.
It will also be mandatory to
report to the government any incidents in which a foreign power
attempts to extract information.
Any corporation, service provider,
or person who fails to do so will be
fined up to $500,000.
"Whistle blowers* will also be
given legal protection from the
repercussions of reporting anyone
who breaks this law, said Murray.
Groups like the BC Civil Liberties
Association (BCCLA) believe that the
government has narrowed the gap,
but it still falls short.
"We're applauding [the whistle
blower protection] but I think [this
legislation] still falls slight short of
accomplishing its objectives/ said
Michael Vonn, policy director for
the BCCLA.
"We don't want to be dismissive
[of the improvements to legislation] but we still don't believe as far
as legislation goes, that it covers
the problem."
There has to be complete inabil
ity to access this information at all,
not just a reduced risk, according to
Danyl Evans, executive director of
the Freedom of Information and
Privacy Association.
"The real solution to this would
be a government not outsourcing to
an American company or a US
owned company or any company
that does significant business with
the United States/ said Evans.
"Otherwise, there's no other way/
People should be aware that
this isn't the only form of information that is being shared with
companies in the US, explained
Murray, adding that whenever we
use our credit cards or fill our prescriptions, that information is
probably being sent to a company
in the US.
"The thing we should be aware
of is that the government and the
private sector have been in partnership with private companies for
years so that vulnerability is everywhere with a private sector US company/ explained Murray. "So I
think that's a perspective that we
should keep in mind/
"I think that people can rest
assured that we have the strongest
privacy protection in the country,"
said Murray. "I think people can
take comfort in that/ ♦
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offers new way to
mark your valuables
by Dan McRoberts
NEWS EDITOR
Campus Security wants you to
hand over your valuables.
Only for five minutes, mind you,
so that they can engrave a personalised registration number on
them. The number will lead to a
database including current contact
information so that you can be notified if your missing or stolen laptop, bicycle or precious gems are
recovered somewhere on campus.
The new property registry is all
part of Campus Security's new
focus on preventative measures,
said Community Relations Officer
Steve Bohnen.
"We're focusing more on the
community relations side rather
than the reactive side/ he said.
"It's all about giving people the
tools they need to be safer rather
than trying to go out and enforce
safety somehow."
Registered property is marked
with an engraving in the case of
items like a laptop or bicycle and
Campus Security is looking at
introducing a registration sticker
for expensive jackets or backpacks, said Bohnen.
"We're encouraging people to
mark everything with the number
even though it may only be on the
laptop, or camera...we're working
towards a sticker that's very difficult to get off the property/ he said.
Should property be recovered
off campus, the registration number leads to a database that will
include some "durable record/
either a student number or driver's license, which will allow the
police to contact the owner.
"The driver's license number
will actually enable any police
agency continent wide to identify
the owner of that property," said
Bohnen.
The service has been available
since the beginning of this academic year. Bohnen engraved 31
laptops in less than three hours at
residences on move-in day.
"We're doing it in the off-ice and in residences once a
week...Thursday's in rez but it's
not a firm commitment. What we
need to do is develop a system of
visits with the individual residences/ he said.
The public will also be able to
search for found property and file
incident reports online with a new
system that Bohnen hopes will
come on stream in the next three
weeks.
"It gives the public the ability
to...put a query in our database
and if we have something with
your name on it, it should be
called, up/ said Bohnen, who
expects that the improved reporting capacity will  assist Campus
Security in its efforts to fight campus crime.
"I can hardly wait to see how
much info we get. We typically suffer from underreporting/
RCMP Staff Sergeant Dave
Olson, the commander of the
University Detachment, is enthu
siastic about the new prog
rams being pursued by Campus
Security.
"We think its great, anything
you can do, number one, to encourage people to record their
serial numbers and keep track of
things so that if it is stolen or lost
you have a really accurate means
to identify it, that's perfect/
he said.
Lost property might not be a
major concern for most police
detachments, but UBC is different,
according to Olson.
"Around here I think it's important because these people are
young, they don't have a lot of
money and the things they're losing are valuable/ he said. "Most of
them [students] don't come from
high-crime neighbourhoods and
so they are vulnerable in that
sense/
The RCMP detachment received 333 lost property complaints in
2003, Olson said.
"We do get quite a bit...it's
a problem around here. Bruce
Lovett [Director of Campus Se-curi-
ty] and I are going to keep working
on this. I hope to do more programs to educate these kids—a lot
of it is really preventable." ♦
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Friday, October 22,2004
Argue your
way to three
credits in new
debate course
by Jesse Marchand
NEWS STAFF
Students looking to pick up an extra
three credits this Januaiy now have a
new class to consider. Created by the
UBC Debate Society (UBCDS) the course
entitled the Theory and Practice of
Debate will be a student-directed seminar either falling under the rubric of the
English department or general Arts.
Student directed studies, which are
run by undergraduate students, allow
for subjects that are not normally
offered at UBC to be studied. Courses
offered cover a wide range of topics,
from journalism studies to psychoneu-
roimmunology, an interdisciplinary science focusing on the immune system.
UBCDS president and student directed seminar coordinator Teddy Harrison
hopes that the new course will be a
"broader promotion* for UBC debate. "It
is an opportunity for students to explore
debate in a more formal way/ he said.
Harrison says that the debate course
will be different than traditional courses
offered in Arts. "Almost all the courses
we take are knowledge based," he said.
"Whereas this course is based on
skills...the skills that you use to process
information."
These skills are something that the
UBCDS thinks can be applied to any
genre of study.
"The idea of the course is actually to
be able to span over all the faculties on
campus and to make it something that's
appealing to students in any genre of
study," says UBCDS workshop coordinator Adam Davies.   ,
Davies is one of three workshop coordinators who help to bring the benefits
of debate into the classroom. In their
second-year of production UBCDS workshops are offered both out of class and
as in class presentations. Davies
believes that learning about debate can
be beneficial no matter what the student
may be studying in school.
"The skill of critical thinking is going
to be important to anyone who ever goes
into any type of career," he said. "They
can think critically about their situation
and the material that they're studying is
going to make them a lot better at evaluating those materials/
What makes the class different than
joining the debate society is the level of
intensive study, according to Dr Marjory
Fee, a professor of English at UBC and
the faculty sponsor for the new class.
"To look at debates critically and to
analyse what they do and then to take
what you learned from a debate further,
all of those things I think are part of a
course/ she said.
But there is more to the course than
just learning about debate, said Fee. She
believes that students taking it can
obtain a greater understanding of essay
writing.
"One thing that debate helps you with
is your position and the opposition, " she
said. "Often students write a paper from
only one perspective and they're not
strategic in thinking about the arguments that might be brought against
theirs and debate helps you do that*
But while the course is offered to any
student in the Arts faculty, there are a
limited number of seats, warned Davies.
"It's a fairly open course," he added
Davies. "However that being said there
are only 15 spots."
By the end of term one, students
should be able to register for the course
through the student service centre. ♦
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Sprouting sustainability
UBC Food Co-op educates the masses about organic food
by Trish Mullen
NEWS WRITER
Food has  a story and Melanie
Raoul wants to tell it.
"Food doesn't come from the
grocery store. It has a social, political and economic history to it by
the time it arrives in the grocery
store," said Raoul, the education
coordinator at the UBC Food
Co-op.
The Co-op has two important
ways of spreading this message to
consumers—accessibility and education. The expansion of their
storefront. Sprouts, located in the
Student Union Building (SUB), has
increased student access to organic foods while their volunteer program is at the centre of promoting
education.
"Volunteerism is crucial to the
[Food Co-op's] program/ said
Raoul, adding that the success of
the project lies in the power of student initiatives.
An example of this has been
the work of UBC graduate student
Michael Zelmer, who headed the
initiative that had the SUB adopt a
fair-trade coffee policy, a very beneficial project according to Raoul.
"People can use consumer
power to make trade work for
farmers in producing countries,
rather than against them as in
conventional trade," she said.
Alice Miro, program assistant
for Community Service Learning
with the UBC Learning Exchange,
shared the belief that consumers
can bring about change in society.
While Miro admitted that organic
foods can sometimes be pricier
than non-organic foods, she urged
people to understand the positive
impact of individual change.
If all 40,000 people at UBC
made an effort to buy even a couple of organic products, the effect
would be huge, she explained.
"We often forget that there are
PLANET FRIENDLY FOOD: Helen Guri, storefront coordinator at Sprouts in the SUB, stocks the
shelves with organic goodness. Sprouts opened this fall and is just one of the many activities undertaken by the UBC Food Co-op. nic fensom photo
so many of us...and that the small
daily actions of thousands of
inspired individuals can add-up,
in synergy, to achieve the extraordinary," said Miro.
The Food Co-op's worth lies in
its ability to act as a forum to
"build bridges between a diversity
of people," she added.
So far, the volunteer program
has attracted people from a wide
range of departments and faculties. Since the volunteer orientation night held at Sprouts in
September, many people have
been involved in working on displays in residences, organising
workshops and doing research.
Most Co-op volunteers commit
to 2-6 hours per week. More volunteers will be recruited at the
beginning of January, but interested students are invited to drop by
Sprouts any time.
The hope is that the volunteer
program will help to curb the
"stress, rush, apathy, and cynicism* that are pandemic to our
community, explained Raoul. The
group has been in communication
with the UBC administration to
find methods of reaching students, she added.
At the orientation session, various speakers including Stephanie
Fung, Educational Coordinator of
the UBC Farm, Michael Zelmer of
the Vancouver Fair Trade Coffee
Network, and Jan Taylor from the
BC Cooperative Association
addressed the benefits of promoting more sustainable food practices.
In her presentation, Taylor
described the project as "a perfect
example of a co-op which is a business venture combined with a
strong commitment to social
activism."
Fung added that it is important
to realise the benefits of local,
organic agriculture.
"The opportunities are endless
for raising awareness and educating people about sustainable agriculture and its connection to fair
trade," she said. ♦
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Fire inspection leads to removal of 17 bunks from AMS chalet
by Dan McRoberts
NEWS EDITOR
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has
been forced to remove 17 beds from
its Whistler Lodge facility, reducing
the number of available sleeping
spaces to 40, after an inspection by
the Whistler Fire Department found
the lodge to be violating local
fire code.
"Recently there was a fire and
safety inspection that determined
that for quite a while now we had
been having a certain number of
beds in the dorm areas of the lodge
and that was found to be in violation
of what is allowed to take place,"
said Lyle McMahon, AMS VP
Administration.
"[The decision] is quite a blow to
the amount of revenue from the
facility," he said.
The inspection revealed that the
lodge had too many beds per floor,
said the facility's caretaker, who
added that the illegal beds were
removed as soon as the inspection
was completed.
The lodge features dormitory
style bunk bed accommodations,
with "semi-private* alcoves on each
level.
The AMS will soon make revisions to its revenue projections for
the lodge, said AMS VP Finance
Stacey Chiu.
"Obviously there
are fewer beds
so there would
be less money
coining in,"
—Stacey Chiu
AMS VP Finance
"The exact dollar amount projections will be done next week as with
all our businesses. We usually do
mid-year projections.
"Obviously there are fewer beds
so there would be less money coming in and there would be fewer
beds available for the general pub-
he, who get charged more, so those
two factors combine," she said.
Currently it costs $20 per night
for a UBC student to stay at the lodge
and $30 for the general public but
these rates may increase, Chiu said.
"Those types of things we would
probably look at after projections
are done."
Chiu is taking a proactive
approaching to ensure that the
AMS does not lose extensive
revenue.
"We're not just going to sit and
let it happen, we're taking positive
actions such as more marketing and
along with those analyses we're
doing next week we'll look at ways to
improve the situation."
The only way to increase the
number of beds in the lodge would
be to expand the dorm space, but
zoning restrictions prevent that,
according to McMahon.
"Due to the zoning of the land we
wouldn't be allowed to reconstruct
the dorms to allow for more beds
which is really unfortunate," he
said. "It could potentially be very
profitable. Our concern right now is
that the City of Whistler would not
allow us to make such a large renovation. The zoning requirements for
hostels are very strict/
Making the situation more difficult is the nature of the property on
which the lodge is located.
"The land that the building is on
is rather large, but it's not all usable
because a good portion has a very
steep grade. It is in a residential
area and so we do get a lot of noise
complaints," McMahon said.
These issues combined with a
lack of funding for renovations
means that the AMS will not be pursuing any major development of the
property.
"The only renovations I'd be considering are ones that are necessary/ said McMahon. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
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Working Group process is a land use plan for the South Campus neighbourhood that is in response to the
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Aboriginal students to pay
tax on their tuition
Government says its
rectifying oversight;
change raises concerns
By Cosanna Preston
CUP ALBERTA BUREAU CHIEF
EDMONTON-(CUP) Aboriginal students across the country will be forced
to pay a new tax in 2006, as the
Canada Revenue Agency has declared
their tuition a taxable benefit
The change is a surprise to Aboriginal students who have received
free and untaxed tuition in the past
But according to spokesperson Colette
Gentes-Hawn, the government agency
is simply rectifying an oversight-
Aboriginal students should have been
taxed on post-secondary education fees
all along.
"It came to our attention that it had
been an oversight, that these amounts
were indeed taxable and we are now
taxing them/ said Gentes-Hawn.
'Starting 2006, they will get a T4A
slip...for these payments, and students
will attach these slips to their income
tax returns.*
Wally Ardinal, an Aboriginal student at the University of Alberta, is
concerned about the repercussions of
taxing tuition, but welcomed the
change as a step toward equality. "I'd
rather be more equal. I think it's a positive step toward equality, but Native
people are going to have to be on a
tight budget now/ he said.
But Ardinal seems to be a lone
voice when discussing the taxing situation. Pamela Langan of the university's Aboriginal Students' Council said
many Aboriginal students feel they
already live on a tight budget without
the added burden of an extra tax.
While she admits it's less of a problem
for her, she knows it could decide
whether some people go to school.
The tax adjustment "is fair in some
aspects, but it depends on whom
you're talking to. You have some
Aboriginal students who are upset/
said Twila Grasser, another council
representative.
"Even though we try to maintain
some kind of equality, there still isn't
In some aspects, we're still different
We still live on reserves; we still have
a stigma against us with things like
drinking and low-income housing.
[Taxing us] won't make us equal.*
But the Canada Revenue Agency
(CRA) maintains the social issues surrounding the change are not a deciding factor, and it is simply rectifying
an oversight
Diane Wilson, a spokesperson
for the Department of Indian and
Northern Affairs, clarified how the
oversight occurred, noting the
agency misunderstood why free post-
secondary education was extended to
Aboriginal peoples, and only treaty
rights exempt Aboriginals from
taxation.
"From my understanding, the CRA
was under the impression that the
money provided {for post-secondary
education] was provided as a matter of
treaty right In fact, the Government of
Canada policy has always been that
post-secondary education is as a matter of social policy. So, that was the difference there/ said Wilson.
Still, concerns have arisen. A
woman from the Dogrib Nation, who
wished not to be named because she
felt it could threaten her academic
reputation, felt the additional tax was
further proof of the government refusing to recognise Aboriginal peoples as
a distinct society whose rights need to
be protected. She stressed Aboriginal
people do pay taxes on some things
such as commodities and even land in
some cases.
"We make our contributions and
the biggest contributions we ever
made is that we allowed people to
come enter this country. The compensations we've received in return I
don't think are equivalent to what we
did in the past So, if we have to also be
taxed on our education, what more do
they want from us?* she said.
However, the government is determined to move ahead with the taxation. The change will not come into
effect until the 2006 tax year—a full
year later than initially planned-
allowing students to prepare for the
change. In addition, the agency
stressed most students would not be
affected by the change because most
full-time students do not make enough
money in a fiscal year to be taxed by
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Three housing forums will take place
on November 1, 3 and 4 to allow students to provide feedback on the student residence situation at UBC.
Organised by the Alma Mater Society, the forums will focus on services
offered by housing and will collect student recommendations for improving
residences.
"What we're looking to do is have
focus groups to get student input on
some of the issues that are around
affordability, safety in housing,
resources related to housing and
support services in residence as
well as the underground bus loop/
said Brenda Ogembo, AMS VP Administration.
Input from the forum will be used
to construct a wider survey related to
housing. The organisers are hoping to
draw in 15 to 20 students per session.
The sessions take place in the SUB.
The closing date for registration is
October 26. E-mail vpadministra-
tion@ams.ubc. ca.
Resignation surprise
In a late-breaking development Thursday evening, two members of the
Graduate Student Society (GSS) executive quit unexpectedly.
GSS President Carey Hill and VP
External Josh Caulkins announced
their resignations at the October council meeting, tie Ubyssey has learned.
Replacements were appointed at
the meeting.
- Further coverage of this Story will
follow on Tuesday. ♦
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by Jessica Kim
SPORTS WRITER
Soon after his return from his trip to Athens,
Donovan Tildesley happily shows off his
medals to the staff and students at UBC.
Walking about, he is stopped by acquaintances
congratulating him for his success in the
Olympics.
It is clear that Donovan Tildesley leads a
life not typical of most 19-year olds, especially
since he was born blind.
Tildesley appeared in his second Para-
lympics this year, bringing home three
medals, a silver in the 400 metre freestyle, a
silver in the 200 metre individual medley and
a bronze in the 100 metre bronze, making
him the unofficial Michael Phelps of the
Paralympic swimming world.
As a competitive swimmer, Tildesley
shows nothing but dedication, determination,
and integrity. He devotes himself to the pool
six times a week, and concentrates on keeping
in top shape in the weight room. Not only that,
he's a third year UBC student, and a soon to
be English major, whose lifelong interest
includes English literature and broadcasting.
His love for swimming began as a baby;
this love quickly turned into passion, and by
the age of eight, he was swimming competitively. At sixteen, he brought home a bronze
medal he won from the 2000 Sydney
Paralympics.
But all his success did not come over night
As a blind swimmer, he has had his share of
difficulties.
"I must have a support person on deck who
can give me a tap on the head before I come to
the wail/ explained Tildesley, adding that the
hands on learning that he has had with his
iricic
A LONG HAUL: UBC Paralympian Donovan Tildesley brought home three medals for Canada from Athens, nic fensom photo
father, also his coach, has been mentally strenuous for both parties at times.
The day-to-day discipline has been the most
challenging aspect of the training, said
Tildesley.
"There is much emphasis on the importance of mentality. Without the mental preparation, if there is a thought of a doubt—the
mental demons—the battle is lost before it has
even begun/ stated Tildesley.
In the world of competitive swimming, or
in fact any sport, support and inspiration play
important roles.
"My parents are the source of motivation
and encouragement/ said Tildesley.
Tildesley's dad is his coach, and his mom is
always there to give him support both in and
out of the pool.
Champions like Terry Fox are also sources
of inspiration for Tildesley because they defeat
all the odds, he explained.
Competing as a blind athlete, Tildesley also
faces similar challenges. Not only has he conquered any hampering his disability may
cause in the water, Tildesley has also defeated
all the odds in both swimming and in everyday life.
Nonetheless, strong minds let nothing pen
etrate their ardent determination.
"Discrimination is about attitude/ explained Tildesley. "I never let it get to me.* Tildesley
instead fights off the narrow-mindedness with
his great sense of humour.
"I know how to make fun of myself/ said
Tildesley, mentioning that he strives not to
take things too seriously.
"If you think you can or can't, you're right,"
stated Tildesley.
And without a doubt, Tildesley believes in
himself. With his drive and passionate
nature, success in his life will he in every
step of his path. ♦
It's been a 15-game winning streak—but success is just a matter
of numbers for the women's field hockey team
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by Eric Szeto
SPORTS EDITOR
The only two teams in professional sports history to have a perfect season were the 1898
Scottish Soccer League Glasgow Rangers and the
1972 NFL Miami Dolphins. The UBC women's
field hockey team will also have a   gf f
chance to join these ranks if they win      That S Something
their final three games of the season /
this weekend-making them true per-   We TQ VGYy aware
"Perfect records are just numbers   Ol—making SUPe
and they've never been something   that we're not
we've focused on/ said coach Hash
Kanjee.
"I don't believe in a winning
record, my sense is you play each
game that comes along," said Kanjee.
"I didn't even know we had a 15
game winning streak."
He adds, "It's a very slippery
slope when you let things get out of
control and so we try never to look
over that hill."
Fifth year co-captain and perennial all-star
Stephanie Jameson knows that having a perfect
record might lead to overconfidence in the locker room, something she wants to avoid.
"That's something that we're very aware of—
making sure that we're not overconfident/
explained Jameson, who added that they've even
hired a mental trainer to help prevent this from
happening.
Perhaps with the numbers these Birds are
putting up, they should be.
In the past six years, the women's field hockey team has won four national championships.
They also won an astonishing 15 games in a
row last season. On top
of that, these Birds have
the two leading scorers
and the top goaltender
in Canada West so far
this season.
Coach Kanjee's philosophy is simple: work
hard and improve.
"I want to see everybody improve even if it's
a little at a time. They
need to be working on
getting better at every
practice, at every session/ said Kanjee. "If we win or lose I don't really care."
That simple message has definitely transcended into an unbelievable team chemistry,
said Jameson.
"We train a lot and work really hard at practice and everyone's committed to the team," said
overconfident.
—Stephanie Jameson
Co-captain of the UBC
Held Hockey Team
Jameson. "There's a lot of continuity in our team,
so I think it definitely helps us."
Stephanie Jameson, along with teammate
Stephanie Quinn have been the big contributors
to the Birds offensive output so far this season,
and will be relied heavily upon in the upcoming
playoffs.
"We're an offensive team...we tend to keep
possession of the ball a lot/ said Jameson.
The women's field hockey team also possesses one of the most impenetrable defences
in the league. In the six games played so
far this season the Birds have only let in three
goals.
Sarah Duggan, who is has an anemic 0.4
goals against, to go along with her three
shutouts, is first in amongst Canada West
goaltenders.
"I am lucky because I have the most amazing
defence in front of me, there's a lot of help.
There's more than one reason why were doing
so well. It definitely isn't me, it's the team in
front of me."
With only one week left before the Canada
West playoffs start, UBC is the clear favourite to
win another national championship, but before
they do that they'll have to contend with the likes
ofUVic, andUofT.
The Birds will try to complete their perfect
season this weekend as they play their final three
regular season games in Victoria. ♦
Givins berth
On Tuesday night against SFU, in a
rematch against their cross-town
rivals, the UBC football team defeated the Clansmen 31-18.
With the win the Birds' clinch a
playoff berth for the first time since
2000, and move into a two way tie
for second place in Canada West.
UBC's defense kept SFU quarterback J.R Davies's passing yards to
just 134 for the night, and defensive
back Dustin Cherniawski led defensive charge with two sacks.
Canada West offensive playoff
player of the week Blake Smelser
threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns. Second year tailback Andre
Sadeghian finished with two touchdowns. Receivers Nate Beveridge
and wideout Mike Lindstrom each
had a touchdown.
The T-Birds next game will be
October 30 against the Calgary Dinos
at Thunderbird Stadium.
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NEWS EDITOR
To sit there and
watch [BC Minister
Delbert Guerin, a member of the Chief and
Council for the Musqueam band that occupies the reserve south of UBC, describes
the recent cutback of emergency services
at UBC Hospital, his voice full of disappointment "In my experience over the
years, there are many times when I would
suggest people's lives were saved from the
fact that it takes five
minutes for an ambulance to get down here,"
he   explains.   "I   went
through that with my
mother   a   couple    of   of Health]  Colin
times  when I had  to   __ .  .,      -,   .
bring her down and if Hansen W1U1 thlS
we either had to go
down to St Paul's or
Vancouver General, she
probably wouldn't have
lasted... My driving I
could probably make it
[to Vancouver General] tO SOlVe UimgS..J
in 20 minutes but that . n   , -i   .      . .
would be pushing orettv   SaiOL tJllS IS a WaSte
SiSSjisof time so J Just
you're looking at half an   gQ^ Up an(J walked
out."
—Delbert Guerin
VCHA would be hosting a focus group
meeting for consultation purposes and
members of the band had their first meeting with representatives from the VCHA
on March 20, 2003. But the consultation
meetings were viewed as "too little, too
late," according to die final report—the
plans had already been finalised, and on
big grin on his face
while he's telhng
you how he's going
hour.
Now,      since      the
Vancouver Coastal
Health Authority
(VCHA) shut down
UBC's full-time emergency facility, Guerin
and other band members have no choice
when faced with life-
threatening emergencies but to make the trip to Vancouver
General Hospital (VGH). Though a consul-
July 2, 2003, the UCC
replaced the emergency
room at UBC Hospital
and all ambulance service was directed to VGH.
Meanwhile, Delbert
Guerin's sister, Beryl
Guerin, started a petition to take action
against the lack of consultation and save the
emergency ward. Beryl
distributed copies to
several Vancouver community centres and
churches, and over the
course of a few months,
gathered approximately
1,500 signatures. Her
plan was to present the
petition to BC Health
Minister Colin Hansen
to draw attention to
the    concerns    of   the
Musqueam baild Chief   Musqueam people.
, _ ... , But   when   Delbert
and Council member,
on the consultation
presented the petition to
the    minister    at    his
Dunbar      constituency
■T1 office, the insignificance
of their views in the eyes
of the decision-makers became staggeringly apparent Band members watched the
tation process was run by the VCHA, docu-     changes to the hospital take place over the
ments recently obtained by the Ubyssey    next few months, their voices silenced by
through a Freedom of Information request
reveal that the Musqueam band was virtually ignored in the decision to shut down
the facility. One VCHA report claims that
involving First Nations representatives in
the planning process would have been "an
operational planning and a governance
issue."
The story of the emergency ward cut-
down dates back to December 18, 2002,
when a recommendation to create a new
"role" for UBC Hospital received approval
from the Board of the VCHA. The plan's
central premise was tihat the 24-hour
emergency room be converted to an
Urgent Care Centre (UCC). The new facility
would have limited hours of operation and
would not have the capacity to deal with
life-threatening injuries.
It was not until almost a month later,
on January 15, 2003 that the Community
Health Representative for the Musqueam
band received a letter informing them that
the changes were going to be made. The
band quickly sent a letter back to protest
the decision, from which they felt they had
been excluded. In response to their letter,
the band received notification that the
the process and overshadowed by the official explanations for the closure. "After I
told my sister what had happened,
because she's the one that started [the
petition],* Delbert said, "she just sort of
gave up as well.
"She realised what I was saying, that it
was a total waste of our time."
A smile and a slight
In organising a focus group on the reserve
in March, VCHA representatives delivered
250 fliers door-to-door to Musqueam residents, according to the "Stakeholder Input
Process" final report put out by the VCHA.
Only eleven community members attended the session to voice concerns about
their exclusion from the original planning
process. According to the report, 'participants stated that the focus group was not
what they considered consultation, given
that the major decisions had already
been made." Both Delbert Guerin and
Musqueam Community Health Representative Coreen Mathison took part in the
focus group meeting.
NOT INCLUDED: Delbert Guerin wants to know why the Musqueam's input didn't matter to officials, nic fensom photo
While the representatives from VCHA
did a good job establishing a relationship
with the Musqueam administration and
appreciated the needs of First Nations
peoples, the consultation was a gesture
made in hindsight, according to Guerin.
"They consulted because they realised
it was necessary that they could at least
say they made some attempt is my opinion," said Guerin. "It was after the fact"
One concern put forward by the
Musqueam at the focus group was the
heightened risk of chronic and hereditary
health conditions faced by many
Aboriginal people. Mathison cited the fact
that First Nations people hve an average of
ten years less than the general population.
Other central concerns expressed in the
focus group related to the large distance
between VGH and the reserve, and the
long waiting times in the ER at VGH.
"We had a woman whose mother had a
stroke and she brought her mother to
emergency [at VGH] and they waited for
six and a half hours in emergency and
finally when she was seen, she was told to
just bring her mother home because they
wouldn't do anything for her anyway,"
related Mathison.
The UBC emergency ward offered short
waiting times and its proximity to the
reserve greatly increased the survival
chances for band members facing emergency situations, she added. "There were a
few cases where people had to be rushed
and I just felt that if they had to be rushed
to VGH they wouldn't have survived."
When Delbert Guerin met with the
provincial Health Minister to present the
signatures his sister had gathered, he was
dismayed at the reaction he received. "To
sit there and watch Colin Hansen with this
big grin on his face while he's telling you
how he's going to solve things rather than
listen to what people are having to say and
write what their feelings are by signing
petitions," he said. 'listening to him talk I
sat there for fifteen minutes, the guys at
work were covering for me so I could
come and do this, and I said this is a waste
of time so I just got up and walked out
"All the smiles in the world and he was
talking about how many additional rooms
and everything else was going to be added
on at the emergency ward at the
Vancouver General to take care of any lineups caused by the shut down of UBC and
that sort of thing...I got back to work and
people asked liow'd things go?' Waste of
bloody time. That's what it was."
Although the Ubyssey contacted Hansen's office several times, he was not available for comment.
Vancouver's Musqueam band
protested the conversion of UBC
Hospital's emergency ward to an urgent
care centre with limited services, but
their voices were not acknowledged. A
private Vancouver Coastal Health
Authority document now reveals that
consultation with the Musqueam began
after the decision was made.
Reportins for...
injustice
The party line
Two reports put out by the VCHA are testament to the exclusion of tbe Musqueam people in the changes to UBC Hospital
The first document a confidential report
released in December 2002 outlining recommendations from the Senior Executive
Team to "approve a new role for the UBCH
site" neglects mention of the Musqueam
community or any of the other surrounding
area stakeholder groups. It is this document
that details the VCHA Board's approval of the
plan, providing evidence that consultation
efforts were made only after the plan was set
in stone.
However, plenty of feedback was
obtained from other interested parties, the
report indicates. This change is the result of
extensive consultations with academic leaders and UBC Hospital physicians and staf£"
the document states. In addition, in its
"Methodology" section, the report describes
how "a commitment was
E^TS^S* Including First
theUi_versityofBC(both   Nations HI the
the Faculty of Medicine
and the University as a
whole), and particularly
those programs which
might be affected by the
process had ample opportunity to provide input"
Save a brief description of
"Public in vicinity of
UBCH" as stakeholders,
there is no mention of a
1,000 member community called the Musqueam
band just down the road.
The second document—the stakeholder input report from the
VCHA representatives who managed the
community focus groups—directly cites the
concerns of the Musqueam and other stakeholders. However, while it is apparent that
the consultation was highly flawed, the
report stops far short of suggesting that
Aboriginal people be included in future planning processes. Instead, it states that
because involving Musqueam residents
would have been both an operational plan-
planning process
would have been
an "operational
planning and a
governance issue/'
—Vancouver Coastal
Health Authority
document
It is sometimes difficult to incorporate pub-
He feedback when there are pressing reasons for making organisational changes,
such as the closure of UBC's ER, according
to Vivanna Zanocco, a spokesperson for the
VCHA. "We just wanted to make sure ERs
and Urgent Care Centres were adequately
staffed. With the UBC school of Medicine,
they weren't getting super serious cases, so
doctors and residents who want to make
sure their skills are up weren't seeing the
cases they needed to make sure they were
proficient, which was one of the reasons
why," explained Zanocco. In addition, a
shortage of anaesthesiologists at UBC
Hospital was stretching the resources available for emergency treatment
In September 2003, Zanocco explained
to the Ubyssey that because funding has
not increased proportionally with the rising
costs of operating medical facilities, the
VCHA and local hospitals were pressured to
reallocate resources and cut costs. The
VCHA stated that this
decision    would    enhance the strengths of
both    hospitals     and
improve patient care.
The confidential report
entitled    "New    [UBC
Hospital]  Role Within
One   Acute   Network,"
released in December
2002, stressed that the
changes  to  UBC Hospital were in the best
interest    of    patients
"across   the   system."
The  creation  of "one
acute    network"    that
includes    UBCH    and
VGH  "is   intended  to
respond to 'customer' (i.e. patient, resident,
client,   public)   expectations   regarding
prompt   access   to   acute   care   when
required—ensured patient safety and a caring a supportive environment"
Among the issues addressed during the
consultation with the Musqueam, as stated
in the final stakeholder input report was
the fact that Musqueam band members felt
that the UBC Hospital was 'respectful of
Aboriginal cultural practices and aocommo-
ning and a governance issue, "the findings of    date this during intake and hospitaliza-
this report should be shared with the     tion."
Manager, Aboriginal Services and the VCH
Aboriginal Health Planning group.'
This second report reveals the potential
effects the change might have on Musqueam
community members facing emergency situations and their reluctance to go to VGH
where longer waiting times would await The
report cites one participant in the focus
group who stated that "he—like many elders
in the community—will not go to VGH during
the hours that the UCC is expected to be
closed and will deal with the fatal consequences of not having his health concerns
addressed."
The hospital allowed Musqueam members to have extended family members visit
during unscheduled visitation times and
permitted the ability to 'smudge*—the ceremonial burning of sage. The report then
recommended that ER staff at VGH be
trained in Aboriginal cultural traditions
and invited staff to the reserve to learn
more about the specific issues facing the
community.
Such cultural considerations suggest a
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"Musqueam" from pages 6-7.
deeper issue at play—that the
demands of attending to a culture's
complexities has led to their mar-
ginalisation. According to Doug
Kelly, executive director of the First
Nations Chief Health Committee,
such exclusion from consultation
processes is not an uncommon
experience for First Nations groups.
CI.
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fuels Kelly's hope.
"The report indicates that there
has been significant progress made
in a wide range of areas in improving the health status of First Nations
people but there's a long way to go
yet," he explains. "[The author] predicts that with the proper measures
and actions taken by the province
and by Canada and First Nations
leadership, that we can close the gap
in the next decade."
osin8 tne gap     Stepping stones
Kelly's committee aims to promote
policy that works for First Nations
peoples, and ensures that services
are being delivered and that there
are adequate resources for First
Nations programming.
"Both Canada and British
Columbia have been preoccupied
with debt reduction. Both levels of
government want to reduce the cost
of government so they can invest in
whatever the pet projects of the day
are, whether it's Olympics or
whether it's transportation, whatever project is a priority," explained
Kelly. "In terms of change, whether
it's policy change or health service
delivery, there hasn't been a constructive consultation process."
Kelly explains the struggles that
regional health authorities can
have with obtaining input from
Aboriginal communities. "[The
health authorities] have been directed b3^ the BC Ministry of Health to
produce an Aboriginal Health
Improvement Plan, but that
requires a new way of doing business and most regional authorities
do not have the experience of consulting and working with First
Nations/ he articulates. He adds
that government has been struggling with these same kinds of
issues for a very long time. Canada
and British Columbia have yet to
develop effective consultation
processes.
"It will take some time for local
health authorities to develop that
capacity and develop effective
consultation methods with First
Nations and Aboriginal peoples,"
he adds.
However, Kelly is optimistic that
progress will be made in increasing communication between First
Nations and governmental organisations so that the situation faced by
the Musqueam in 2003 may be
avoided in the future and the voices
of such communities will be heard
load and clear. Along with the promise of a future meeting between the
First Nations summit leadership
and the BC provincial government
that will allow Aboriginal peoples to
address health care issues, Kelly
explains his understanding that the
BC government was vocal on
Aboriginal health issues at the
recent First Ministers' meeting in
Ottawa. "That was quite a surprise to
First Nations summit chiefs, that's
not something that we're accustomed to hearing," he said.
Along with more government
support, the Aboriginal Health
Report produced by a provincial
health officer in 2002, which suggests  that things  are improving,
Behind the VCHA's consultation
process during the UBC Hospital
change over, and the final report on
the "Stakeholder Input Process,"
was a group called the Community
Consultations and Partnerships
Team. The mandate of this team is
to target resources "within the actual structure of the health region to
increase community engagement
opportunities," according to Brian
Evoy, a coordinator for the group.
Evoy was involved in the focus
group meeting on the Musqueam
reserve and co-authored the final
stakeholder input report. The
process undertaken by the VCHA in
speaking with stakeholders is an
instrumental part of the work of the
regional health authority, he says.
"I think that what [the UBC
Hospital] consultation process did
was move towards involving the
public at some level in hospital decisions. Historically, I haven't seen
many examples where that has been
the case, so this was an opportunity
to do that," said Evoy. "Definitely my
goal in working with senior managers of Vancouver Coastal Health is
to increase their knowledge of the
value of public involvement and
advise them on where opportunities
exist to do this. So [the report] was a
very helpful document in terms of
demonstrating to the decision-making team for the changes at the hospital where there were missed
opportunities to involve the public
and where there are opportunities
in the future to involve the public."
In the case of the Musqueam
reserve, Evoy stresses the importance of involving Aboriginal peoples in health care decisions "not
just once a decisions been made but
right up at the beginning." A big lesson learned from the UBC Hospital
experience is that each process adds
to the learning curve and encourages improvement, he adds.
There is hope that positive
changes in the consultation of
Aboriginal groups will result from
the outry over the cutdown of UBC
emergency services. But the events
that took place are yet another
example of the First Nations people
being excluded, marginalised and
left alone to deal on the sidelines
with the consequences. The changes
to UBC Hospital were made at the
expense of a community. Despite
this, Evoy remains confident that
the feedback from the Musqueam
band may yet serve a purpose in.
providing a basis for a better
system.
"It's a very good preliminary
stepping stone." ♦
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freestyle, Mos had been getting his act on. After making a name
for his music, he appeared in the acclaimed Monster's Ball, followed the next year by Brown Sugar. After that he landed a
more central role in The ItaHanJob opposite Edward Norton,
Charlize Theron, and rap superstar Marky Mark. However, his
most impressive and substantial movie appearance in the
remake of The Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy, where Mos
Def will co-star as intergalactic researcher named Ford Prefect,
Talib Kweli
The Beautiful Struggle
[Universal Music/Rawkus Entertainment]
by Nic Fensom
CULTURE STAFF
I love Talib Kweli. Nobody compares to him
and nobody ever will. Lyrically acclaimed,
Brooklyn MC is his game. Now comes time
for the but, and here it is: But I hate to say
it, and I'm sad to say it, this album isn't
that great. All and all, it is a disappointment as I have been counting down the
days until the release of this, his second
album.
It's a beautiful shame A Beautiful
Struggle got leaked on the Internet, pushing back the release date and spoiling the
entire thing. Pretty much whatever got
leaked is on the album except with a slightly different beat. Obviously the jacked
Beatles "Lonely People" teaser wouldn't see
the light of day on the actual album as
Beatles royalties cost a billion dollars.
"We Know" featuring Faith Evans is so
Kweli-style and a great track that gets you
to thinking about how great the girl you
have in your life is—if you have one.
Furthermore "I Try", the first single featuring Mary J, produced by "unknown* producer Kayne West is a pretty solid enjoyable
is yet to be released.
Down from the stars, Mos and The New Danger focus on
pressing issues; namely the new danger posed to the world in
recent years. An angrier record than Black On Both Sides, Mos
Def delivers with potency; this is the best hip-hop album I've
heard in a while. For starters, Mos is back with his smooth passionate ballads, the second last track "The Beggar" showing
Defs talent for acting. This album proves that this rapper
comes in more than just a few flavours.
Tracks like "Life Is Real" and "Sunshine" show us that Mos
Def can still write catchy lovable hip hop, but we also see a
much angrier side to this man. With musical licks lifted
straight from such greats as Barry White and Grandmaster
Flash, this album respects it's ancestry while venturing in new
directions.
"Freaky Black Greetings* welcomes us into the new world
order of thrashing power chords, funkier-than-thou synth bass,
and Mos telling us to, "Rock wit' it like this." The guitar is back
in full melodic distopia in the next track "Ghetto Rock", but this
time it's accompanied by a more familiar Mos, confidently spitting his hard rap up in your ear.
From start to finish, The New Danger is a breath of political
fresh air into the scene. While the current state of hip-hop is so
polluted with garbage, Mos Def keeps his shit fresher than
Tupperware could ever hope to. If you're ever wondering what
track. Ha. And then there is the Sting sampled "Around My Way" which is okay I
guess for a few listens.
By far the greatest track is "Black Girl
Pain." Amazing. Jean Grae helps out on
this one, and I love this track. Although this
song focuses on a topic I know nothing
about—black girl pain—I think it is the best
thing on this album. Mainly because Jean
Grae is on it, and I love Jean Grae as she
can really let it flow.
I would still buy this album. Support
Talib. Especially if you haven't heard any of
it before. A Beautiful Struggle isn't a beautiful album, but it isn't an ugly one either. ♦
Mobb Deep
Amerikaz Nightmare
[Jive/Infamous Records]
by Nic Fensom
CULTURE STAFF
I must say with all this so-called positive and
watered down R&B laced hip hop floating
around these days, Mobb Deep are back at just
the right time with this grimy gutter street
banger. Yes, rhyming about drug wars and
such isn't my type of thing but I don't care, the
beats and production are second to none. And
like I said, give me some grime because it is
conscious hip-hop is, ask yourself what it's conscious of. With
lyrics like, "Hey little soldier is you ready for war, but don't ask
what you fighting for," and later telling people strait up that
war is a global economic phenomenon, Mos shows us that he's
paying attention too. ♦
much needed.
Havoc and Prodigy don't really change
from album to album and they keep with their
trademarked "murda music" sound on this latest release, marking their sixth album to date-
—you have to respect them for that No one
else can copy the true Queensbridge M-O-B-B
sound so you will always be happy with what
you get.
Production on this is heavy, and—surprise
surprise—Kayne West gets in there too with a
guitar and violin instrumental that just blows
you away. Jadakiss drops a verse and L'il John
and Nate Dog give a solidly executed chorus.
Furthermore, long-time Mobb collaborator
Alchemist gets in on a number of tracks,
including the melodic hypnotic "Win or Lose",
which like Kayne's are current top 25 on my
iPod playlist
Music aside, I must say it's always funny to
flip through their CD liner. They always look so
silly on the front of the album, looking extra
hard in the ponce station getting iheir mug
shots taken. And Mobb Deep gets even more
thug, changing America's Nightmare into
Amerikaz Nightmare—that makes me laugh.
Ha! Obviously what's important is the music,
so give Mobb Deep full credit for doing what
they do best, proving to their devoted fans that
some thANGS will neva change. And no, I didn't write it like that to appear gangsta, it is the
title of track 15. Peace. ♦
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2004
VOLUME 86 ISSUE 13
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Taking
rights
Is post-secondary education a right?
For many students across the
country, this question is merely
rhetorical, something to be shouted out at tuition protests and discussed in student union meetings.
But for Canada's aboriginal students, post-secondary education
was a right. Until it was taken
away earlier this week by the federal government.
In a departmental policy review conducted last year, the
Department of Indian and
Northern Affairs determined that
aboriginal students, who have
their post-secondary tuition paid
for by government scholarships
or by their respective bands, must
pay tax on that amount.
"The Government of Canada
policy has always been that post-
secondary education is a matter
of social policy/ said Diane
Wilson, an Indian Affairs spokes=
person. Nonsense. In 1978, Revenue Canada accepted that
financial assistance for education
was a treaty right and since that
time aboriginal students have
paid no taxes on the funds
they recieve to support their education.
What has changed since 1978?
A senior bureaucrat seems to
have woken up one day and decided that the fundamental rights
of First Nations students are
flexible.
The main arguement that the
government has given is that this
was a mistake. A 26-year mistake.
Aboriginal students and organisations are understandably
confused and outraged by the
decision.
"We will not allow the government to tax our rights/ said Phil
Fontaine, the national chief of the
Assembly of First Nations.
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might seem to advance equality, it
ignores the historic injustices perpetrated against First Nations and
turns a blind eye to the economic
conditions that prevail today on
Canadian reserves.
The government should do all
it can to support First Nations students, as the pursuit of post-secondary education is one of the primary ways in which the Aboriginal community members can
escape the stigma of poverty and
substance abuse. The grants offered to many Native students
have provided incentive to pursue
educational goals, but taxing them
may detract from that benefit.
According to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, the gap
between Aborignal people and
non-Aboriginal people diminishes as the level of education
improves, showing that investments in education improve
labour market outcomes and
inequalities.
Not only did Canada's Aboriginal peoples relinquish their
territory to Europeans over the
course of several wars, they suffered tremendously. The legacy of
one-sided treaties, residential
schools and widespread racism is
one that can never be. completely erased. In 2004, one would
expect the Canadian government
to understand that more should
be done to provide opportunities to the First Nations,
not less. ♦
PERSPECT1V
Kudos Woodward, kudos
by Mia Amir
Jonathan Woodward, did a huge
service to all UBC students in
being (a science student) elected
to AUS Council. As one of your two
ELECTED student representatives
on the UBC Board of Governors—
the highest decision making body
on this campus making decisions
on things like tuition—I have to
say that a) I know first hand the
pains of voter apathy and, b)
through exposing the faults existent within the system, Woodward
has made a profound call. Not just
to students, but to student societies and voters everywhere to
enfranchise those who are psychologically disenfranchised because
they do not see their votes as making a difference and do not understand the structures of governance that influence their lives.
What student societies desperately need to do is connect on a
deeper level with the student body
at large especially when it comes
to elections—this means better
communications structures, elections administration and accountability, email campaigns, postering, fliering, but also demonstrating tangibly how voting can
impact a student's experience on
campus.
Though I do not believe that
voting is the only way to build a
program towards necessary and
radical social change, I do believe
it is an important part. When we
give up our right to vote, we cannot complain about political leaders, the decisions they make, the
errors and injustices that they
commit, and the ways in which
these things impact our daily lives.
When we don't legally or psychologically have the right to vote, we
are the embodiment of the faults
and lacks of democracy itself.
Maybe the AUS doesn't matter
to you, but it's the principle that
I'm talking about. I know that I
didn't even vote (and I'm an elected University representative). I
didn't vote because I didn't know
the elections were going on.
There's a problem here. Listen,
I'm not .saying that democracy as
it is works is even a legitimate
representational structure that
works for citizens, but I am saying
we have to engage with the system
to change it. Our votes count more
than we know.
There are currently about
500,000 unregistered voters between the age of 18 and 34 in this
province alone. Woodward's act
profoundly speaks to what is
going on provincially, nationally
and internationally in terms of
youth votership. So let's remember the irony of the science student elected to AUS when we get
registered to vote in the next
provincial elections, May 17th
2005, and not let a fool make a
fool of us again.
Check out http://www.getyour-
voteon.ca for information on a
provincial campaign to increase
youth votership. If you are interested a hub has formed at UBC.
Contact vpexternal@ams.ubc.ca
for more information. ♦
—Mia Amir is a BoG
representative for the AMS
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Friday, October 22,2004
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Cry of the Snow Lion
presented by the Students for a Free Tibet
playing Oct 23
in SUB room 216 at 2pm
by Jodi Carlson
CULTURE WRITER
Cultural conflicts are inevitable. But some that
result in behaviour not considered just to me are
shrugged off as mere acts of war in foreign countries. Sometimes these actions go too far, and
genocide occurs. So the question we must ask
ourselves is when should we help our global neighbours?
In case you haven't had the opportunity to see
Cry of the Snow Lion, how does Saturday sound?
The scenes are more gruesome than Braveheart
and even more shocking. This is not a Hollywood
representation of history, but a documentation of
what has happened and is happening in Tibet
right now. Despite the cruel treatment of the
Chinese government, the true essence of humanity is exemplified in the Tibetan monks' forgiveness. Although the movie doesn't provide us with
an accurate depiction of the Chinese position on
this issue—there are only a few clips from a press
conference and commentary from Tibetans—the
Chinese propaganda speaks volumes. I learned so
much about the conflict in a mere two hours that I
wondered why I had never bothered to find out
more about Tibet earlier.
Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) know the answer
to my question, as they are presenting this UBC
showing of Cry of the Snow Lion. The movie is part
of their campaign to save Tenzin Delek Rinpoche,
a Buddhist leader, from execution. If you already
know about the problems in Tibet, here is your
opportunity to help out with your spare change
and political voice (SFT is organising a letter writing campaign as well). If you know nothing about
Tibet, here is your opportunity to learn more. ♦
This river performs deep
No Joni, but
trio honours her
music gracefully
Joni Mitchell: River
playing at the Vancouver
Playhouse
until Oct.30
by Jhenifer Pabillano
CULTURE WRITER
'Joni Mitchell: River* might be the
best Joni Mitchell concert ever
performed without Joni Mitchell
actually being there.
Produced by the Vancouver
Playhouse, it's a vivid, vibrant
showcase of 29 songs by the
famed Canadian singer-songwriter. There's no extra dialogue-
vocalists Lorretta Bailey, Rebecca
Shoichet, and John Mann simply
take tarns to sing Mitchell songs
as if they were doing Broadway
musical solos. Each one is powerfully staged and unusually
moving.
The trio pour themselves
wholeheartedly into each song,
creating deeply affective performances with the help of Mitchell's
poetic language and melodies.
They're supported by a rich musical backdrop expertly crafted by
the instruments of Greg Lowe,
Graham Boyle, Thomas Colclough
and Rene Worst. Together, they
transpose Mitchell's music into a
full, warm sound that completely
immerses tbe audience.
But despite all the talent meshing live onstage, it's the absent
Mitchell that truly emerges as the
star of the production. While the
vocalists and musicians work to
bring her songs to life, you can't
help but be amazed at the breadth
and depth of the material she provides them.
The range of tunes in the show
runs from the wistful Wonder
Years anthem to jangly pop tunes,
to elegiac Irish-inspired ballads.
Shoichet gaily sings the relaxed
country-inflected *^ou Turn Me
On, I'm a Radio* while Mann
swings through a cheeky jazz
number called 'Be Cool.*
Mitchell's words leap out as
remarkably graceful, sensitive,
and insightful. Lyrics to "The
Fiddle and the Drum* even seem
eerily prescient of current politics, calling, *Oh, America, my
friend/and so once again/you
are fighting us all/and when we
ask you why/you raise your
sticks and/cry and we fall.*
It wasn't clear that any sort of
narrative link existed in the show
at all, despite a statement in the
program from director Allen
Maclnnis saying the "arc of a love
affair* is traced through the
course of the 29 songs.
The absence of an overarching
theme, however, doesn't really
weaken the show in form or
entertainment value. When it
comes down to it, the stellar cast
performances and the substance
of Mitchell's music make "Joni
Mitchell: River* pulse and flow
with energy and life.
And with new season subscription prices offering students five plays for just $75,
and single tickets for just $16
for students and under-25,
Mitchell's melodies won't cost
you a lot to enjoy. ♦
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Great Trek Relay
Friday, October 29
Registration closes Wednesday, October 27
The registration deadline is closing soon for
those wanting to participate in the Great
Trek. This year features an all-new race
route that will be longer and more
challenging for team entries and a Long
Course or Short Course option for the
newly-added Individual category.
After the race, teams and individuals will
meet at the Start/Finish line near the Great
Trek Cairn on the Main Mail field where the
festivities begin, including entertainment,
games, prizes and a free BBQ.
Winning participants in the Great Trek will
also be recognized at an Awards
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For more information on registration and
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Submissions are needed for the inaugural edition of the Think Equity newsletter. Submissions are needed on
discrimination, homophobia, harassment, racism, sexism, ableism, classism, and heterosexism. Testimonials,
stories, articles, artwork, poetry and photographs will be accepted at the drop boxes at Speakeasy in the SUB
and the Equity and Access and Diversity offices at Brock Hall.
Submissions deadline is Wednesday, October 27.
Students who submit their work will be entered into a random draw for one $25 gift certificate to the UBC
bookstore. More details available at http://www.students.ubc.ca/access/equity.
globefest cltalRenge
The Political Science Students' Association is
looking for team members for their GlobeFest
Team Challenge (November 4). Games include
whiffle ball, cricket,Touck ball, Bombardment, and
Inuit Head Pull. Register by October 28 by e-
mailing pssa@interchange.ubc.ca.
Musing focus groups
Let us know your thoughts on housing issues!
We're looking for students to be part of our November
focus groups. Visit http://www.ams.ubc.ca for details
on how to register and what issues will be discussed.
Free meal included for participants.
October food drive
AMS Annual Hallowe'en Food Drive
Sunday, October 31
4 pm to 7 pm
SUB 200 (Party Room)
Help the AMS canvas the Point Grey area in your
favorite costume for non-perishable food items to be
donated to the local food bank.
Join us in the SUB Party Room at 4 pm for a info
session and assigning of geographical areas.
Free pizza and pop provided to participants.
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It's a great way to get a taste of the diversity of
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with short-term projects.
VeX volunteers help out at events like Storm the
Wall, Shinerama, and the Legacy Games.
To volunteer as a VeX team member, visit
http://www.ams.ubc.ca and click under the
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Offer applies to new activations only, is subject to change and/or termination without notice and cannot be combined with other offers. Long distance, roaming charges, system access fees, 911 fees and taxes are
extra. Other conditions apply. While supplies last. * Offer ends October 31, 2004 and is only offered to MicroceH Solutions Inc. customers who exchange thar active Fido phone and provide a post paid invoice
dated Jury 2004 or later. Subject to a 3 year contract term (earty termination fee of $399 applies). The $45/mth plan includes 700 daytime local minutes, unlimited evenings & weekend local calling
(8pm-7 am) and 20 unlimited local calls per month to one number (the touch base feature). After the first year free service, the $45 monthfy fee will automatically apply. For complete details visit a Bell store. Fido and MicroceH
are registered trademarks of MicroceH Solutions Inc.
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