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Wednesday, October 16, 2002
Volume 84 Issue 13
Respect the deadline since 1918
the field
MSF volunteer
shares her
experiences in
by Kathleen Deering
Last Thursday at UBC's Museum of
Anthropology (MoA),* Anna Richley,
a volunteer therapist with the
humanitarian organisation
Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF),
spoke about her experience helping
reduce traumatic stress-related psychological problems for people in
The presentation, entitled
"Letters from the Field/ centred
around Richley and a friend reading aloud e-mail correspondence
she had with friends and family
members while she and a team of
MSF volunteers were abroad, and
the responses she received.
In her letters, she repeatedly
described the contrast between the
solace she felt about the beauty of
the area and the violence present in
conflict-ridden Kashmir.
"There's so much light and so
much darkness here/ she said in
one of her letters.
Thursday's talk was the first
time an MSF volunteer has presented their experiences in such a
Scrum sisters: rugby revealed
YOU HAVE THE SHORTS, BUT DO YOU HAVE THE GUTS?: Inside the UBC Women's Rugby team.
Pages 8-9 . nic fensom photo
Pass idles
Negotiations for a universal
bus pass continue
by Chris Shepherd
The possibility of Translink, the Alma Mater Society (AMS)
and the university completing negotiations for a universal
bus pass (U-Pass) for UBC students continues to be unlikely, with the recent introduction of a clause in Translink's
Translink's new clause would allow it to increase the
cost of the U-pass by a maximum of $3 per semester if the
cost of regular one zone passes increases.
"We want an escalation clause in there," said Translink
Program Manager for Project Planning Bill Lambert
"Translink is aware that in the next two or three years
we'll likely have a fare increase," Lambert said. "We want a
clause that would increase the cost of the pass to reflect the
NEWS: Visionary
Profile UBC Zoology prof Lee
Gaas, who teaches students how
to wonder. Page 3.
CULTURE: Serious Sandler
Punch-Drunk Love and other
films reviewed. Page 11.
FEATURE: The 2010 bid
Vancouver and Whistler's bid to
host the 2010 Winer Olympics is
facing criticism for its financial
and social consequences. Page 16.
by Darren Haines
UBC could soon be producing a substantial amount of the electricity it
uses, if its proposal, made
to BC Hydro's Customer-Based
Generation (CBG) program, to build
two new power generation facilities
is approved by BC Hydro in March.
CBG is a new program at BC
Hydro, aiming to increase the
crown corporation's ability to
respond to the growing demand for
energy in the province. BC Hydro
expects demand to continue growing at 1.7 per cent per year for the
next ten years.
According to Al Boldt, the
Manager of CBG at BC Hydro, the
program is meant to compliment
energy conservation programs such
as PowerSmart by providing Hydro
with an efficient way to increase its
energy production.
"The idea [behind CBG] is that
instead of building our own larger
facilities, we buy energy from our
customers first," he said.
Currently, UBC buys all of its
electric power from BC Hydro at an
annual cost of about $6 million.
This summer the university submitted a preliminary proposal that
outlined the nature and scope of
two new facilities. In September,
Hydro qualified 22 of 37 proposed
See "Power"on page 4.
Holy shit
they won]
by Sarah Conchie
A lone figure sat in the stands after
the Shrum Bowl, head hung low as
he surveyed the field. Disappointed
UBC fans, marauding SFU cheerleaders and the local press had long
since vacated the stadium, turning
their thoughts to other matters.
With only three games to go, the
Thunderbirds were faced with a 0-5
season record, and all hopes of making the playoffs had faded into the
shadows as the lights dimmed.
But while most observers looked
away and surmised a bleak end for
the 2002 football season, the team
quietly prepared for their upcoming
meeting with the number five
rankedteam in the country—the
Regina Rams.
With nothing left to lose, the
Thunderbirds fought their way to a
stunning 24-12 win over the Rams
on Friday night, tying up the match
in the second quarter with a gutsy
eight yard strike by wide reciever
Dan Lazzari at the six minute mark.
The small crowd of 250 was then
treated to some spectacular UBC
football,  as first year pivot Blake
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COUNTER POINTS: Lifeline and Students for Choice face off again.
GAP back
on campus
asked to t^ke
display down for
the first time
by Chris Shepherd
Students for Choice (SFC), an organisation that was created to oppose the
Genocide Awareness Program
(GAP), was asked to remove their
hanners for the first time at their
protest of the GAP display on
October 10.
The GAP display was set up near
the SUB by Lifeline, an AMS anti-
abortion club. GAP is an anti-abortion display that makes comparisons
between events such as the holocaust or lynching of African-
Americans by the Ku Klux JQan and
abortion using large graphic images.
SFC has been protesting GAP
since the display came to campus in
1999. They were asked to remove
their display because they did not
have a permit to be at the location.
"[Lifeline] put in an application to
display their signs and they were
approved to conduct their display
from 10am until 2pm/ said Ian
McLellan, assistant director of
Campus Security. -v
"[SFC]...put their application in
late and it wasn't approved in time,
so they decided to do it on their
own," said McLellan, explaining why
SFC was asked to remove their display.
There were no disruptions at the
event and Campus Security maintained only a minor presence during
the four hours that the display
was up.
Kat Sykes, a fourth-year Arts student and spokesperson for SFC,
believes that a counter-display on
campus is necessary. ;..-.
SFC members held up several
banners with the word "choice* writ
ten on them. The purpose of the
banners was to inform passers-by
about the GAP display before they
reached it  '
"It's mostly to keep people from
just walking around a corner and
walking straight into it," Sykes said
of the SFC banners.
"We think it's very important to
show that there is another set of
opinions at this university," she
SFC was asked by Campus
Security to remove their banners
around 2 pm.
SFC members were not happy
with having to take their display
down, said Sykes, but did so without
"The problem is that we don't get
notification fast enough to apply [for
space]," said Sykes explaining why
SFC did not book space.
"With protests we're reactionary.
We don't plan to do this and we
wouldn't be here unless we had to be
there to provide an alternative to the
GAP."   ':■■■
Space on campus is booked
through Classroom Services and
groups are asked to apply two weeks
before their planned event
"The importance of [displaying
GAP] is so that we can show people
what the reality really is," said
Christine Thompson, a third-year
nursing student and president of
Thompson said Lifeline believes
that people do not see abortion as an
evil act The GAP display attempts to
show this side to abortion.
Student reaction to the display
was varied.
Tera Trethewey, a first-year
Human Kinetics student, was struck
by the way that the GAP display portrayed the issue of abortion.
"It's a different point of view that
I never really took into consideration," TretheWey said.
Mike Sander, a first-year Science
student, was offended by the display.
"I think it's a little crude and a little pervasive," he said of the large
posters. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
A vision for education
UBC professor honoured by Guelph
by Megan Thomas
UBC Zoology Professor Lee Gass was recognised last week as the first Distinguished
Visiting Teaching Professor (DVTP) at the
University of Guelph (UG).
The DVTP was developed this year at UG to
honour outstanding contributions to teaching
and to bring a distinguished professor from
another institution to interact with the faculty
and staff of UG. The program was developed
to honour the memory of Professor Norman
Gibbins, a UG micro-biology professor and a
member of the 3M Teaching Fellows—a group
of scholars dedicated to excellence in
This honour is the latest in a series of
teaching awards earned by Gass. Also on his
resume is this year's CASE/CCAE Canadian
Professor of the Year award, the Killem teaching award in 1999, and also a 3M Fellowship
in 1999.
"I don't think of it as an award," said Gass.
"I think of it as an honour and even more
than that as an opportunity to contribute in
ways that I wouldn't normally be able to do."
He said that recognition via teaching
awards makes people listen and" embrace
ideas that they were not willing to consider
before. Gass uses this recognition to spread
his vision of education amongst his peers.
He grew up in a small California town,
which prompted him to begin work on his
vision for education early. He recollects elementary and high school experiences that left
him unchallenged and jokes about monotonous spelling tests as the epitome of stagnant
His experiences resulted in a pessimistic
attitude towards teaching by the time he
"I had a really clear idea of how not to
teach," said Gass, "how you could keep people
from developing their imagination, how you
can keep people dependent and immature—
that's well worked out/
However, while attending Chico State
College in California—where he did his
undergraduate and masters work—Gass
became hooked on biology and the idea of
Gass recieved his PhD frpm the University
of Oregon, and then went on to a faculty
appointment at UBC in 1974, where he has
been ever since.
Gass explains that he began his career
doing research on hummingbirds and energetics but soon realised his research interests
really lay with people. He changed his focus
and devoted himself exclusively to developing methods for education.
Gass's focus on education, rather than
research, has at times provedproblematic.
"The system until recently has been defined
almost entirely ill terms of research produc
tivity, research quality and so I was pretty
much a second class citizen," he said.
His personal mandate is to challenge the
system, to recognise how important teaching
contributions are and ask hard questions
about the values of education.
Gass sees himself as a catalyst for change
at UBC and teaching awards such as the DVTP
help him enact this change.
"When I first came to UBC it was not part
of the culture to stand up in public and make
a strong committment to undergraduate education," he explained.
He feels there is a need for a new system
of professor evaluation. "If we say that teaching is important, we say that it's valuable, we
have to have a way to recognise it," said Gass.
Gass also sees programs that integrate
multiple disciplines of science—like the
Science One Program—as crucial in educating
both students and faculty.
Furthermore, Gass emphasises the value
of professors interacting publicly about material when they teach in an integrated program. By having another professor involved
with different expertf.se, professors' blind
spots in knowledge can be discovered and
Through this interaction, Gass said, students Me able to recognise that they understand some things but not others. He also
notes that it is not easy for faculty to interact
publicly and recognise their own blind spots.
Faculiy is one part of Gass's vision, but students make up the rest
"The students are a major motor for
[change]/ he said, "because students are
eager to feel like they are smart, to feel like
they are making a contribution to other people's experience/
Gass sees the need to create an environment where students are not afraid to ask
questions; where they actually become proud
of what they do not know.
Gass sees his role as guiding students with
ideas, rather than facts, and then giving them
the reins to make their own experience. He
explains how this is a revloutionaiy shift in
"If you are inside a mythology that is built
out of fact, it's really hard to do a good job.
But if you are living in a different way of viewing things that is built out of processes, and
built out of skills that people might or might
not gain, then it is really not a big deal to get
people to learn all the same things you wanted them to learn before, but learn it in a way
that they can't forget"
Since Gass's approach is radically different from most, he says there can be disapproval from students.
"Historically, the first few days are a
shock—I used to [have] pre-meds get up and
walk out the first day, because I would promise them never to ask them the name of anything.
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IF WE'RE LUCKY, HE'LL CHANGE THE WAY WE LEARN: Dr Gass has ideas for your
education, chris shepherd photo
Instead of memorisation Gass asks for
understanding from his students and wants
them to use language to express this understanding.
Student objections do not bother Gass, and
his commitment to his values remain strong.
He said once students realise what his system
has to offer, they enjoy it immensely.
Former student of Gass, first-year
Medicine student Nancy Martin expressed
her appreciation for Gass's committment to
his students. She said what makes Gass
unique is his focus on questions.
"Basically, he won't give you answers to
your questions, but rather throws more questions right back at you," said Martin. "This
sounds frustrating, and it is at first, but it-
forces you to think about your original problem in a different light and allows you to find
the answer on your own, often with information you already had, but just didn't know
how to use."
She says this process makes students
become their own teachers and gives them
the tools to attack any problems they
Maxwell Eblaghie—who is now completing
his PhD at the University of Dundee in
Scotland—explains how Gass's teaching methods contributed positively to his experience
as an undergraduate.
Elbaghie spoke about a course he took that
Gass taught in the Integrated Science
Program (ISP) called "The Size of Things."
"It was such an unusual and interesting
course. Nothing was normal, not even the
approach to teaching taken by the professors," he says.
Eblaghie feels Gass's approach left a lasting impression on him and influenced his
"I owe a great deal of where I am today, to
my mentors and professors of ISP—not the
least influential of whom was Lee Gass." ♦
Profs awarded $2 million for prostate cancer research
by Lisa Johnson
Martin Gleave and Colleen Nelson, two UBC professors in the
department of surgery, were recently awarded close to $2 million CAD by the American-based National Cancer Institute
(NCI) to develop gene-based treatments for prostate cancer, the
leading cause of cancer death among Canadian men.
Prostate cancer is usually treated with chemotherapy or
castration, procedures that stall tumor growth by starving it of
androgen hormones. However, the disease almost inevitably
returns in a more lethal form that doesn't require androgens.
Doctors have no cure for this form.
Gleave and Nelson are working to change that, by identifying the genes that are responsible for this deadly switch to
androgen independence, and developing drug therapies to
knock out these 'cell survival genes."
While working at UBC, Gleave, the principal researcher on
the project, has already patented one drug, called OGX-011.
OGX-011 reduces the activity, or "expression," of dusterin, a
cell survival gene that is active in prostate and breast cancer
tumor growth.
He and Nelson, who conduct their research at the Prostate
Centre at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), head the only
Canadian project included in the NCI grant, which will provide
US$ 12.7 million over the next five years to a consortium of 50
Pacific Northwest researchers to study prostate cancer genetics.
"We are very proud to be the Canadian constituent of this
project, [which] has cemented what has become an international reputation for prostate cancer research in this area,"
said Nelson, who is also the Director of the Genome BC
Microarray Platform.
The Microarray Platform at VGH is the only facility in BC
with microarray technology, a cutting-edge genetic tool that
allows scientists to look at the activity of thousands of genes at
one time, making it possible to discover which genes may be
involved in cancer cell survival.
Once these survival genes are discovered, the next step is to
develop a way to make them inactive without destroying the
rest of the cell. This can be done using small pieces of DNA
called antisense oligonucleotides that mirror the gene in question. Antisense oligonucleotides bind to the survival gene so
that it cannot operate.
The final step is to develop a treatment, that can deliver the
antisense oligonucleotides to the cancer cells. "[We want to]
make discoveries on the bench useful to the human population," said Gleave. "There is no use in discovering a gene in
yeast or mice if it doesn't ultimately help humankind."
Health Canada has approved the one treatment to emerge
from this process, OGX-011, for clinical testing on prostate cancer patients. Trials are set to begin next month at VGH and
UBC owns the patent on this drug but is licensing it to
Gleave's company, OncoGenex Technologies, for development
UBC and OncoGenex will split potential royalties from OGX-
011 if the clinical trials are successful and the drug is eventually available to the public. ♦ WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2002
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"U-Pass" from page 1. 4
increase in our fare."
'We feel that if we're passing a
fare increase onto our other riders,
the U-Pass should reflect some of
that as well," Lambert added.
Tara Learn, AMS vice-president
external, is concerned with this latest addition to the negotiations,
which she calls a "hidden ramp-up
clause" in the price of the pass.
"The AMS's stance is that students should only have to pay $20,"
Learn said. "So if it's the university
that's covering the hidden ramp-up,
or if it's Translink offering a flat rate
with no hidden ramp-up, [it doesn't
matter] as long as the students are
paying only $20."
The U-Pass involves not just a
cheaper bus pass, but would also be
part of a U-Trek card.
Along with being a bus pass that
would give students access to most
of the Greater Vancouver Regional
District (GVRD) the card could
include a number of other services,
like guaranteed rides home in emer
gency circumstances, enhanced
campus shuttle services, carpooling
services and end-of-trip facilities for
Current negotiations would have
the pass be mandatory for the
majority of students at UBC, excluding co-op, international and third-
and fourth-year medical students.
According Learn, the AMS is
involved in the U-Pass to protect students' needs.
"The university really wants this
pass and so as a student organisation we decided to be really
involved...in the planning process
and in the negotiations so we can
get students the best deal," she
Translink said the lowest price it
is willing to offer is $23 per month
for a pass giving access to all three
zones. Students currently pay $63 a
one-zone pass.
UBC Vice President External
and Legal Affairs Dennis Pavlich
was unwilling to discuss the issue
of subsidies and whether the university would help pay part of the
cost or not. >
"It's a range of things and that's
why I find it hard to talk about subsidies," Pavlich said. "It's a question of really trying to do our part
in terms of alleviating some of the
transportation issues for the region
as a whole, and at the same time
trying to do all this in a way that is
affordable to students."
Learn says that it is in the best
interest of the university to have
the U-Pass because of UBC's Official
Community Plan (OCP), which the
university had to submit to the
GVRD when it proposed to develop
The OCP includes commitments
such as the goal for UBC to
decrease the number of single
occupancy vehicle traffic onto campus by 20 per cent of 1997 levels.
Once an agreement has been
made between the three parties,
the proposal must be passed by the
AMS council, the university Board
of Governors and then a student
referendum, before the U-Pass
becomes a reality. ♦
"MSF" from page 7.
manner and at the MoA.
"I thought it would be a different
way of presenting MSF and what
MSF does," said Lydia Meister, an
organiser for the event and volunteer with MSF. 'What is it like to be
a volunteer working with a humanitarian aid organisation under stressful conditions, what are the feelings,
what are the reactions?"
MSF is an organisation that
Richley began the presentation
about heir volunteer experience with
a series of black and white slides-
photos taken at a psychiatric hospital where MSF volunteers advocated
for better living conditions for
patients. She said there was only the
one hospital available for eight million people, and described appalling
conditions the patients were forced
to live in.
The wards were cleaned with
DDT—an insecticide banned in
many countries because of its negative effects on animals—when the
volunteers first arrived, and one of
the accomplishments of the team
was to research and find an acceptable alternative to the toxic chemical. As well, there was no water or
heat on the ward, and patients were
chained to their beds—a practice
that resulted in the deaths of 2 8 people during a fire at the hospital.
She Listed some accomplishments the team achieved. "Patients
stopped being chained up, they
started using a different cleaning
product," she said. "We started to get
the staff involved with interacting
with patients."
Originally from Scotland, Richley
became involved with MSF because
she wanted to do humanitarian
work overseas. She is currently a
therapist on the Sunshine Coast in
BC. She used her background in
counselling psychology to educate
people in Kashmir about traumatic
stress. "It's a huge challenge in [that]
culture," she said. "People don't talk
about their problems."
"We trained a lot of primary
health care workers in basic counselling," she said, 'so now as I left
there were about 30 primary health
care workers who had some training
in basic counselling skills-who in
turn were doing the counselling in
their villages."
Richley found it easy to create
bonds with the people she encountered.
"They're such nice people,
they're not bitter at all. Most
Kashmiris feel really forgotten by
the outside world so they really welcomed us," she said, adding that she
still maintains regular contact with
some people she met
Kim MacDonald attended the
talk because he will be doing international volunteer work for the first
time next month with an organisation called Helping Hands.
"I think it's really neat to see the
reflection on a daily basis of what
she went through and how her attitude changed from the beginning
through to the end, and some of the
realities of the danger," he said.
Richley will do more presentations in her community on the
Sunshine Coast, she said, and possibly Nanaimo. "For me I feel like this
is still part of my mission, and my
commitment to MSF, and to the people in Kashmir," said Richley.
The team was asked several
times by the Kashmir government to
leave, but persevered. "I think it's
really important to raise the awareness of what's happening in
Kashmir," she said, "It [is] really
important that more people find out
what's going on there." ♦
"Power" from page 1.
projects for further review. Both of
UBC's projects were among those
UBC must submit its final proposal by January 15, 2003.
The first project is a small-scale
micro-hydro plant on the AUouette
River at the Malcolm Knapp/UBC
Research Forest in Maple Ridge.
UBC's initial estimates indicate
that the Malcolm Knapp CBG project
could produce enough energy to
power about 40 homes per year.
The other facility would be an
upgrade of the Powerhouse, the
facility where steam is produced to
heat campus buildings. This
upgrade would involve the purchase
and installation of a 14 mega watt
gas-powered turbine generator.
The proposed on^ampus electric
turbine is a much larger-scale
Estimates see the new turbine
facility producing enough energy to
power 1200 homes per year.
The Malcolm Knapp micro-hydro
project would be among the first of
its kind in BC. Sometimes called
"run of river," micro-hydro plants
generate electricity by diverting
small amounts of water from a river
and letting gravity and natural
slopes drive it through a turbine.
Micro-hydro dramatically
reduces the environmental, social,
and economic costs associated with
larger dam-projects, although it produces much less power.
The technology behind micro-
hydro is not new. Most plants simply combine the century-old technique of harnessing river water to
operate machinery with the electric
generator technology developed
over the past 50 years.
This combination has proven to
be successful in many regions of the
world where there is a small, local
demand for electric energy. Yet
there are only a few examples to
date of "run of river' generation
plants in BC.
Mark Fraser, a student representative on the UBC Board of
Governors, believes that a micro-
hydro plant at Malcolm Knapp could
provide an "opportunity for students
and faculty to research how one of
these facilities will...generate electricity [while] having a minimal
impact on the environment"
As part of the upgrade to the
Powerhouse, UBC proposes to use
the waste heat given off by the turbine during power generation to
produce steam. Currently, the steam
is produced by four gas-burning
boilers. These aging boilers are due
to be replaced within the next ten
According to Associate Vice
President of Land and Building
Services Geoff Atkins, the ability of
the new turbine facility to produce
steam from waste heat energy to
heat buildings is key to the financial
viability of the project
Atkins explains that the new
steam production, "will allow us to
replace two boilers which will save
us about $8 million.worth of boiler
replacement costs down the road."
The initial cost estimates for purchasing the turbine and upgrading
of the Powerhouse facility are
around $17 million, while the estimated cost of the micro-hydro project is around $5 million.
Although UBC is still reviewing
the different financing options,
Atkins said that a public-private
partnership could be a possibility if
the projects go ahead. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
Soil to salad bar
New program part
of vision-to save
UBC Farm
by Parminder Nizher
To combat the threat of losing UBC
Farm to residential' development, a
new program demonstrating the
importance of agriculture at UBC
has been developed.
The Soil to Salad Bar program
gives kids throughout Vancouver a
hands-on opportunity to learn
where their food comes from.
Students' from 17 Vancouver
schools came to the UBC Farm during September and will keep coming
throughout October.
Students, faculty ind community
members have come together to create the program, which teaches elementary school kids about healthy
produce by involving them in harvesting and preparing their own
greens and vegetables.
Celina Deuling, UBC Farm's
Schools Program Coordinator, feels
the program allows urban kids to
make rural connections. "It's been
[a part of] the UBC Farm mandate
and its vision to reach into the community of Vancouver—so that
includes kids," she said.
"We're in the middle of an urban
area and a lot of these kids are total
urban kids. [They] haven't had any
connections with land. They can
come out here [and] touch soil, see
plants grow and connect with food."
The 40-hectare UBC Farm has
been a part of the university since
1915. It is run by students and is the
only farm in Vancouver. The farm is
affiliated with UBC's Faculties of
Agricultural Sciences, Forestry and
The future of the farm has been
in doubt since 1997 however, when
UBC's Official Community Plan
(OCP)—which is a document that
holds the University's plan for developing the campus—was approved.
Highlighted in this plan was a
call for the doubling of the campus's
current resident population and to
reduce commuter traffic flow. One
of the eight areas identified for
development was the South
Campus—which is also the location
ofthe UBC Farm.
The Soil to Salad Bar program
was developed partially in response
to this plan, as part of a vision
demonstrating how important the
farm is to UBC's community.
The two-hour field trip teaches
students the basics of growing food
and soil and water conservation. The
students then pick, wash and prepare
salad greens and vegetables. After
making their own salad dressing,
they head off to enjoy their meals.
"Most of them [the kids] have
never been to a farm before, [and] a
lot of them don't have gardens at
home,' said Deuling. "It's exciting
for them to see where their food
VEGETABLES COME FROM FARMS!? Celina Deuling with some ofthe produce. NIC fensom photo
comes from—to pull a carrot out of
the ground and be like 'Oh, a carrot!'
They really seem into it*
"They're really enthusiastic, [and]
they really liked it," confirmed Penni
Stock, a Queen Elizabeth Annex
Elementary School teacher, who
brought her grade two/three class to
the farm. "It's great for the kids.
There had only been one kid in my
class who had ever been to a farm."
At each station the kids  are
helped by UBC Farm volunteers,
many who are UBC students.
Deuling feels this is important.
"Over 30 [university] students come
down and help out and it's been a
really good opportunity for interested students to get experience with
children and education," she said.
Despite the OCP, UBC Farm
Program Coordinator, Derek
Masselink, remains optimistic that
the university will use the farm to
provide more educational programs
for students at UBC.
"There's a really good opportunity here and what we're trying to do
is encourage the university to show
some leadership," he said.
"Maybe it's going to cost [the
university] more initially, maybe
it's going to take a little bit more
time. But it's going to provide educational opportunities," Masselink
concluded. ♦
Mayoral candidate addresses privatisation and gentrification
by Lisa Johnson
Mayoral candidate Jennifer Clarke denied
Friday that the Greater Vancouver Regional
District's (GVRD) attempt last year to contract
out Vancouver's water treatment to a private
company could be called "privatisation."
"There is no move, there was never a move,
and there will never be—and I will conjugate
the verb for you—any move to privatise the
water supply," said the former chair of the
GVRD Water Committee at a press conference
held at the UBC School of Journalism.
The plan in question, created by the GVRD
in 1998 while Clarke served as director ofthe
GVRD, was to contract a foreign-owned private
company to design, build and operate a $ 117
minion water filtration plant at the Seymour
reservoir/in North Vancouver, one of three
plants supplying water for Greater Vancouver.
The GVRD abandoned this scheme in June
2001 amidst public concern that contracting
out to for-profit companies could compromise
the region's water quality.
Clarke said the public discussion about the
plan was "skewed* by union workers. The GVRD
and Clarke maintain that since the regional district would still own the treatment facility, placing its building and operation in private hands
does not constitute "privatisation."
Water supply and the GVRD are not part of
Clarke's Non-Partisan Association platform.
However, her opponent, Coalition of
Progressive Electors (COPE) candidate Larry
Campbell, has brought public attention during
his campaign to what he considers a lack of
public consultation at the regional district level.
Campbell has criticised the GVRD board as
"undemocratic" and called for reforms to
increase the GVRD's public accountability, noting that board members are not elected, but
rather chosen from the regional district's 21
municipal councils.
Clarke said Friday she thinks, "the GVRD is
sufficiently democratic for the kinds of services
it provides, which is a co-op utility service...providing transit water disinfection and supply
and sewage treatment services."
"We do not make local decisions," she
The nine-year Vancouver city councillor
focused her comments on her vision for economic  development in Vancouver,  which
includes improving transportation, supporting,
the Olympic bid and rebuilding the Downtown
Eastside with a modified version ofthe four pillars approach that was championed by
Vancouver Mayor Philip Owen.
To deal with drug use and other issues in the
Downtown Eastside, said Clarke, "economic
and social revitalisation" has to be a priority.
Clarke used the False Creek area's mixed-
income format of social housing as an example
of how to raise the standard of living in the
Downtown Eastside without abandoning its
low-income residents.
"Gentrification is not a bad thing," said
Clarke. "We need to attract businesses and residents back to the area to recreate the vital
working class neighbourhood that once was
there." ♦
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National news from other campuses
VPD denounced for brutality
by Stephen Hui and
Ian Rocksborough-Smith
VANCOUVER (CUP)-Protestors are accusing
the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) of
using excessive force at a demonstration
against the BC Liberal government last week.
Hundreds of protestors demonstrated outside the Britannia Community Centre in
Vancouver, where Premier Gordon Campbell
was scheduled to attend the opening of the
Canucks Family Education Centre, a public-
private partnership. Simon Fraser Student
Society executive member Scott Rohan was
among several protestors arrested by police.
Students were there to rally against the
Liberal's privatisation agenda.
"When we showed up, there was a lot of
police officers there and the tone they set
right off the bat was quite aggressive,' said
Jagdeep Singh Mangat, another executive
member of the student union. "Immediately,
tensions rose between police and protestors."
Witnesses say an older man wearing a
clown suit was the first to be arrested.
"Next they grabbed a [ 13 year-old] kid who
was mouthing off to the cops. They threw
him head first into the wall, pulled out their
guns and put them to the back of the kid's
"They threw him head
first into the wall,
pulled out their guns
and put them to the
back of the kid's head."
—Jagdeep Singh Mangat
SFSS Executive
head," Mangat said. "It was amazing—I couldn't believe my eyes."
Mangat says Rohan was arrested when he
walked straight into the crowd of police officers.
"A number tried to unarrest him at which
time the pepper spray came out," Mangat
said. Mangat says he was among several protesters successfully "unarrested" while in the
process of being arrested by police.
The Britannia protest was preceded by a
rally at University of British Columbia, where
Campbell held a press conference.
The student union is demanding an investigation into the actions of police, an apology
and the release of all arrested protestors
without charge.
"I think their use of force was blatantly
excessive," Mangat said.
The Anti-Poverty Committee (APC) is also
demanding the release of demonstrators who
were arrested, and is demanding that legal
and disciplinary actions be taken against the
VPD officers who used excessive force.
APC member Ivan Drury was present at
the community centre demonstration.
According to Drury and several other witnesses, the officer that assaulted the 13 year-
old carried badge number 2072, though his
name could not be ascertained. The APC
wants this officer to be fired.
Drury said that the police initiated the yio-
lence by "grabbing" an adult mime, who was
asking community centre workers for
entrance into the building. They then proceeded to drag the mime into an alley where
two officers smashed his Bead against a wall,
breaking his glasses, and arrested him for
what police alleged was "assault."
Demonstrators attempted to prevent the
arrest by blocking access to a police paddy
wagon that had arrived to carry the mime
away. Drury said that the incident was
attracting support from the surrounding
community as teachers, parents and students from the local secondary school joined
demonstrators due to the overt police violence they were witnessing.
"Then the police entered the crowd," said
Drury. "They started making arrests, beating
on individuals and using pepper spray."
Demonstrators joined by members of the
public managed to fend off the police
assaults, reportedly chanting "Get out of our
neighbourhood, go away, go away!" Police
eventually complied, and moved into the
street away from the community centre.
"The police violence is the same violence
that the Campbell government is instituting
against poor people across the province," said
Drury. "People showed up to resist Campbell
and the cuts to social services that are
destroying people's lives and killing them."
"It is no coincidence that Campbell's
police force proceeded to assault the same
people that he is assaulting," said Drury.
The VPD could not be reached for comment at press time. ♦
Day of Defiance burns Campbell
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Liberal policies criticised as effigies burn at Victoria rally
by Matt Bigelow
VICTORIA (CUP)-Gordon Campbell was
stabbed, beaten, kicked, spat on and
burned at the stake at the BC Legislature
in the final moments of the Day of
Defiance protest, or at least two reasonable facsimiles were.
Effigies of the Premier were savaged
by protesters on Monday, October 7, during the Day of Defiance march and rally
against the provincial government
The protest snaked through the city for
over three hours, stopping at various locations for speeches before ending on the
legislature lawn at lpm.
Denise Savoie, a Victoria city councillor, was enthusiastic about the number of
people who took to the street
"I think it speaks to the need for people to express themselves this November
(for the municipal elections) in a majority
"Everywhere I go, I
see more pain and
despair caused by
bad decisions by this
government who
have no concern for
the consequences of
their actions."
—Jim Sinclair
BC Federation of Labour
on council that stands up for the community," said Savoie.
Councillor Rob Fleming, a former
University of Victoria student, agreed.
"Local governments are going to be a
real site of redefinition and struggle. We
need an opposition through the municipal councils in the province."
Throughout the day spokespeople for a
number of local activist groups addressed
Liberal policies.
At the Welfare and Treaty office. First
Nations speaker Rose Henry said staff
had barricaded doors with tables and
chairs. "It's a revelation on how accessible this government is," she said.
"Gordon Campbell should be ashamed
when he says that he looks after the interests of First Nations," she said.
Students of Colour Collective
Representative for the University of
Victoria Students' Society (UVSS)
Sharmeen Khan spoke at the Ministry of
Community, Aboriginal and Women's
Services, labelling it the "Ministry of Lost
Causes." Khan said funding is being terminated for the ministry, which provides
aid to members of First Nations and other
people of colour.
"The Liberals no longer provide
income assistance to refugees awaiting
their immigration status," Khan said.
"Refugee claimants, who already cannot work due to their status, will be further impoverished and socially isolated
due to the denial of income assistance,"
she added.
The crowd continued to snake through
Victoria's streets before stopping at MLA
Jeff Bray's office where Lisa MacPherson
spoke. MacPherson is a spokesperson for
the Kimberly Rogers Womyn's Brigade, a
group named after an Ontario woman
whose death was linked due to welfare
cutbacks. The Brigade occupied Bray's
office during the summer.
"The government is targeting people
with mental illnesses to balance the budget," she said. "We want to guarantee an
annual liveable income for everybody."
Several groups from Vancouver joined
Victorian protestors at the legislature.
A group of ten women from the
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre rallied on the lawn, alongside local groups.
Agatha Reid, volunteer and advocate,
said the Centre is in danger of being shut
down by the Liberal government As a single mom with five children, Reid said she
was protesting for women who are in similar situations.
"It's affected me," she said. "And I'm
here to support people like us."
"We want to be heard before it affects
our children. They are our future, we
want [the government] to prove it to us."
The other half of their group was at a
corresponding march and rally in
Vancouver on Monday.
At the tail end of the march, BC
Federation of Labour President Jim
Sinclair, spoke.
"Everywhere I go, I see more pain and
despair caused by bad decisions by this
government who have no concern for the
consequences of their actions," said
Sinclair. "(The demonstration] is a sign
that opposition to this government is
Sinclair was disturbed by suggestions
that the BC Federation of Labour did not
support the actions ofthe day.
"The Communities Solidarity Coalition
is a broad coalition. The labour movement is more narrow. We have to work
together to find our common ground to
oppose this government. I have no time
for divisions at this point. We have to be
together." ♦
—with files from Leigh Philips and
Suzanne Beaubien
The royal
'dissent' descends
on campus
by Dana Brown
FREDERICTON (CUP)-Some students are pledging their
disloyalty to the Queen.
University students in Fredericton held a march in
defiance of Queen Elizabeth U's arrival this past Friday.
Students were encouraged by the 'Royal Descent
Committee' to join them in their quest to unwelcome the
Queen to Canada.
The protestors planned to sing, dance and play in a
celebratory call for a 'People's Republic of Canada.'
The protestors feel the monarchy represents years of
destructive imperialism and racial intolerance and
should not be associated with Canada. They feel the
Queen, as head of the Canadian state, is not representative of Canada's diverse culture.
Shane Martinez, a Royal Descent organiser, noted
that most Canadians think the monarchy is unnecessary
and frivolous.
"She costs [the tax payers] $27 million a year besides
this jubilee...and we don't even have a choice about it,"
said Martinez.
Martinez also raised issues regarding the Maritimes
calling for "reparations for indigenous peoples of Canada
and also [compensations] for the expulsion of Acadians."
However, not everyone feels so strongly on the subject
"The student union does not have an official opinion
on the issue of colonialism and imperialism, and I don't
think it would be fair for me to comment on the protest,"
remarked Student Union President Kate Whitfield.
John Aimers, Dominion Chairman and founder ofthe
Monarchist League of Canada, however, criticised the
protest as ill-informed.
"It sounds to me like somebody strung together some
jargon, typical of college kids who have too much time on
their hands...I don't think they know what the hell they
are protesting," said Aimers.
When asked what he thought of the Queen as 'representing a history of imperialism' he stressed, "there are
no empires left in the world that I know of...whatever the
United Kingdom may or may not have done hundreds of
years ago has nothing whatever to do with the
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So you want to be a rugby player?
by Sarah Conchie and Anna King
Not everyone gets their picture in the paper. While
the superstars are making their way into the halls
of fame they so rightly deserve, there is a host of
athletes who play their entire careers without ever
receiving a single nod, let alone an interview. The
women's rugby team is no exception: amongst the
national team players and the stellar veterans are
solid players who support the team and work hard
at their chosen sport Some of them play for the
hell of it, others for the exercise, and some for the
competition, but they all willingly commit their
time to weekly practices and weekend games,
despite mounds of homework and all the other
rigours of student life. Why? Here are some
answers. -       .
Amy Garthwaite is a soft-spoken sportaholic
who blushes at the slightest mention of her unexpected move up to the varsity rugby team. After
only one year of high school rugby, Garthwaite
catapulted onto the varsity team in the first few
weeks of practice.
Back in Logan Lake, a town of 2500 people
near Kamloops, Garthwaite and her cousin
recruited players—essentially gutting the
women's soccer team—until they had enough to
form a rugby team. Varsiiy rugby is a world of difference from the game she played in high school,
though, where she played fly half and was responsible for calling the plays for the defensive line.
"It was overwhelming [playing fly half] on the
UBC team. Here I'm at the bottom, so I play full
back. That way I can just focus more on what I
have to do instead of organising others. I love it
when I can just get the ball arid run,* she said, her
eyes flashing under a mop of bangs.
Garthwaite is thrilled to be playing at such a
high level. "Usually you only sub first, or play a few
varsity games. But all of a sudden [Coach Spencer
Robinson] was asking me to play," she explained.
She has been playing on both the varsity and junior varsity (JV) teams, and is hoping to recover
enough from a shoulder injury to play at the
Canada West playoffs this weekend.
"I used to play all kinds of sports. I love rugby
because it's supposed to be physical. Basketball
was physical, but it wasn't supposed to be, so it
ended up just being catty." Plus, she adds, it's
something new, so she's still a bit smitten. Like
falling in love for the first time? "Yeah," she
laughs, "exactly like that."
Paola Chadwick and Ellen Leung have been
playing rugby for two years and six years, respectively. The L/byssey sat down with them and had a
good old fashioned heart-to-heart
Thursday night
We're all sitting in the women's locker room,
while the rest of the team is studying in the
lounge. The tape recorder is running.
Chadwick's cheeks blaze and her voice trips
ahead of itself, while Ellen's quiet but determined
tone conveys the strength of her commitment
Tm a bit of a varsity slut," Chadwick laughs.
She played varsity soccer with UBC and then ran
cross country before she joined the rugby team.
When she started playing, encouraged by a friend.
Ellen Leung is encouraged by coach Spencer Robinson, roberto
she says the intensity level brought her right into
the game. "You can be with your head up your ass,
not really into it, and then somebody hits you and
you're automatically in the game."
Leung agrees. "That's the thing about rugby,
there's something in it for everybody...they can fit
you in anywhere."
Paola; "You can take whatever quality of athleticism you have and dive into a position. It's one
of those sports where if you have an athleticism,
and the determination, and the willingness to put
your body on the line, that's all that's needed."
Tha Vbyssey. What helps you stay focused?
Men: "It definitely helps that there's 15 girls
on the team and everyone's talking together.
Because as a team we're very mentally dependent."
Paola: "I think we're a really emotional team.
When we're high we're really high, but we can get
beaten by that emotional aspect really easily...you
can lose focus really easily, but you can be brought
in again by a teammate calling to you, or someone
hitting you, or whatever."
Tha Vbyssey. Hpw dp you balance schoolwork,
bi-weekly practices and all that other stuff that
piles up?
Ellen: "I started playing in grade 10, in high
school. It's hard, because this year I transferred
into the physio program, I'm taking eight classes
and it's a lot of work.
Paola: "I know lkst year, it was the same, I was
taking six classes with six labs. But [rugby] is your
escape from school, it's stress relief and also now
I have that many more people I can talk wife, or
study with. Sometime after practice I just want to
go to bed, but most of the time it wakes you up,
gets you motivated,"
The Vbyssey. Is there a rivalry on the team
between the moresenior players and the younger
Ellen: "Becauseof [the Junior Varsity], it does
t make- you work tfat much harder. We; practice •
with the JVs twice. week and it's motivation. If
they're working hfrder than you, there's no reason they aren't going to be on the field instead of
you. But comparecjo soccer, it's not the same, it's
not such a threat, |ere, it's like you're supporting
women's rugby, yoi're making my sport better."
ISe Vbyssey D> you get a lot of support from
the more senior members ofthe team?
Paola: "Yeah, for me, I don't have as much of a
background in the game. Lastyear, [the veterans]
talked to me so much on the field, telling ine when
to go to ground, telling me when to kick, where to
kick." ;
The talk turns to rivalries, and specifically, the
Canada West Championships, which are coming
up this weekend in Edmonton.
Paola: "UVic is the only other premier team
we've played regularly, and I really love playing
them, because they're smaller players and fast
and our age. They have midterms just like we do.
Alberta is on our level, they're just bigger."
Losing talented teammates, either to injury or
graduation, hasn't phased them. Instead, it's an
opportunity to improve, and advance.
Men: "We lost a lot of players lastyear, but people have stepped up and taken those positions. I
think that's one of the things I really like about
rugby, maybe because there aren't that many people with experience. I feel this year that I can dictate: 'I think we should be doing this or that' after
only one year of experience, and really ask for
everyone's opinion on the team, as opposed to., just
the captains. I feel like I can really express myself."
The Vbyssey. What's been the most challenging thing this year?
Ellen: "For me it's been tough, because the last
two years I've been a utility player, going wherever people needed me. But this year our more
steady scrum half switched to join another club
and it's meant that I've been shoved into this position, which is a very authoritative position. You
have to be very confident about what you're dictating because you're telling forwards which way
to run...It's hard."
Paola: "I was injured for three months lastyear
and I lost a lot of my strength and my fitness. I
came back after the summer after doing physical
work all summer—treeplanting, and gained back a
lot of strength, maybe more than I had before—I
really wanted to show what I could do, to make am
I'm trying to keep that up, and stay focused, as
school gets harder, and remember how much I
want it. It's hard to give 100 per cent becausie
you're thinking about exams, whatever."
The Vbyssey: Are you going to keep playing
Paola: "Definitely. I couldn't give it up, there'is
no way. I'm in it for life. I love sports—this is just
another way to express it"
Ellen: "Sort of like a bad ex-boyfriend, you can't
get rid of it even if you try."
Watching the women's rugby team practice is
exhilarating—it's not just that the players tackle
and sprint for all they're worth, but there is also ;a
profound sense of warmth and camaraderie thait
extends even to loitering student journalists. This
team does everything together—eat, study, party—
and junior varsity members are treated like they
really matter, according to the grass-stained JVs
we talked to after practice. Recently, the entirie
team took a post-game trip to the hospital to visiit
Shannon Lowe, flanker extraordinaire and a survivor of flesh eating disease. They brought along a
home-made rugby board game to play with her. ♦
Huskies chew on Ice Birds
by Dan Morris
Friday night proved to be similar in many ways to
opening night for the UBC Thunderbirds.
Drawing another tough assignment in the
University pf Saskatchewan Huskies, the T-Birds
needed to play 60 minutes of solid
hockey to earn themselves a victory. Stressing the need to improve
defensive zone coverage, UBC
coach Milan Dragicevic knew his
team faced an important test in
this second week of play.
In the first period of play, the
Huskies came out storming, quickly outshooting the T-Birds 7-0.
Backup goaltender Chris Levesque, however,
stood tall and kept the somewhat sluggish UBC
team in the game. Feeding off their goalie's
strong play, UBC came put ahead on a nice passing play, with Tim McEachen finishing it off to go
up 1-0 on the Huskies. Levseque continued his
fine play, including a remarkable breakaway save
towards tie end ofthe period. UBC, though up a
goal, managed a meager three shots and were
outshot 12-3 in the period.
The second period, in terms of offensive
chances, mirrored the first in that UBC mustered
only two shots on net The Huskies dominated the
Birds in the offensive zone, and although
Saskatchewan got the equalizer, Levesque was
virtually impregnable, stopping 19 of 20 shots in
the period. The goalie's saves included yet another breakaway stopper and an incredible post-to-
post robbery.
Eventually, though, the
offence started to click for the
Huskies and they took a 2-1
lead in the third on a beautiful
passing play. Penalties soon
started to mount for the T-Birds
and the defence quickly broke
down as UBC let in three successive goals, handing the
game to the Saskatchewan team.
Levesque could only keep the Birds in the game
for so long, and UBC generated little offensive
opportunity as they only got 12 shots on the
Huskies goalie.
After the game, coach Dragicevic commented
on his team's offensive problems. "We are not
going to win a lot of games with 10-15 shots a
game. We have to generate more offensive
chances by cycling the puck," he said.
Forward Shawn Villeneuve, who assisted on
UBC's lone goal, talked about the need to follow
their coach's system: "We can't dangle or play
around with the puck. When we do what our coach
tells us, we execute. When we don't we get beaten
easily. We need to cut down on our penalties, and
then our defensive coverage will get better."
Dragicevic was pleased with Levseque's strong
play. "He gave us i, chance to win. We can't fault
him," the coach sad. "We need to work more on
offensive chances; we need to get to the net If guys
are going to score; they have to pay the price. We
have to keep the games structured so we can
improve quickly.*
Saturday night proved to be similar to many of
the games the T-Bifds have been playing. Up 2-0
on the strength of goals from Villeneuve and Matt
Reid, the Birds came out of the first period up 2-
1. However, with the amount of shots against,
and a'number of bad penalties, Saskatchewan
quickly capitalized and came out leading 4-3 after
two periods.
In the third, the Huskies put the game away by
showing their offensive firepower, quickly netting
three goals to give themselves a 7-4 victory. Once
again, UBC was outshot by a margin of 3 7-22, and
despite Robert File's 30 saves, the Huskies proved
too overwhelming.
Despite the losses, forward Matt Reid was a
standout, netting 2 goals and an assist on
Saturday. The T-Birds, having lost both games and
starling the regular season 0-4, need to improve
OUCH: Robert File couldn't stop all Husky pucks, roberto witmann photo
their sloppy play. In order for the team to win
games, UBC will not only need to cut down on
shots against, but they will need to play more structured hockey to generate offence. Once this hap
pens, we may finally see a turnaround by this
underachieving team.
UBC is on the road next week against the
University of Lethbridge. ♦
Sweet Revenge
The Ubyssey learned late last night the Thunderbirds
won their second game ofthe season, against the SFU Clan.
Either it was a grinning Glatt in attendance that spurred
them on or the Birds just really wanted to spoil SFU's
chances of making the playoffs after SFU walked off with
the Shrum Bowl. Quarterback Blake Smelser was back at
the helm, and completed 14 of 25 passes to fast-footed
recievers Sean Dovre and Troy Therren. Dovre ran 141
yards for UBC, and Therren went 6 for 70. And Brad
Newman, stepping into Glatt's shoes, notched 6 tackles.
Field Hockey
These are exciting times for the UBC women's field hockey team. Not only will they host the final tournament of the
season on their very own artificial turf field here at UBC
(Oct 18-20), but they're still holding their own as the number two ranked team in the country. Which is what the
Ubyssey has been faithfully proclaiming since the season
began. Obviously.
Men's Rugby
The Scribes are coming to campus. Formed in the early
60s, this rugby club was originally made up of local journalists and newspapermen who also like to hit the field. The
Thunderbirds should have no problem jotting down another win in their datebook, as they have a 4-1 record in the
first division ofthe Vancouver Rugby Union.
The Name's Lazzari
The Ubyssey sports desk received an e-mail from Dan
Lazzari's number one fan this week. She was rather surprised to learn that her son's name was 'Lazzaru' and that
he played the position of running back, according to our
October 8 issue. Lazzari is actually a wide receiver, and he's
also one ofthe biggest reasons UBC won the game against
the Regina Rams last Friday, tying up the contest with an
eight yard strike in the second quarter. His mom, Maureen,
must be so proud. ♦
"Football" from page 1.
Smelser connected with Troy Thierren to give UBC a 17-10
lead a scant four minutes later. After keeping the Rams and
star Regina rusher Neal Hughes penned in, UBC's Javier
Glatt lit up the field with a 103 yard interception return,
snatching the ball from Rams quarterback Mark Anderson
and making a bee line for the end zone.
The question remains: what sparked the Thunderbirds
after a season of missed opportunities? Head Coach Lou
Deslauriers said there was no special pep talk, just a good,
clean game of football, "yte rnade big plays on special
teams." he said, pointing to Glatt's second-half snatch. "The
difference in this one? We're up 17-10 and they're driving
inside our 20-yard line, and then we make an interception
and run 103 yards for a touchdown. We changed the game
from potentially 17-all to 24-10. Those kind of plays win you
football games.""
Motivation hasn't been a problem, Deslauriers went on
to say, but mistakes have been costly. "The kids have played
hard all year. That hasn't been the problem. We've just
made mistakes at inopportune times."
And as for beating the number five team in the country
and dropping them down to eighth place? "Obviously, it's
got a lot of significance—given that they're one of the top
teams in the country, according to the experts/ said
Deslauriers. "And at the time, we were coming off an all-
time low this year. It's great, I'm happy for the kids. They
deserve it"
Unfortunately, UBC's first win was Glatt's last game with
the Thimderbirds. Suffering a dean break to the fibula of his
left leg in the fourth quarter, UBC's talented linebacker went
to the hospital for surgery Saturday morning. After leading
the nation with 54 tackles, Glatt—named CIS Player of the
week for his performance—watched from the sidelines as
his team took on SFU once again last night, this time up the
mountain. ♦ 10
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The many
faces of
at the Western Front
Oct 8-12
by Phoebe Wang
Never the ones to fit into standard
indie-band fare, the duo known as
Mecca Normal keep showing up in
unusual places. For four nights, it
was a big theatre room in
Vancouver that they had taken over
for an event that was one part art
exhibit, one part performance and
one part forum.
For more than 15 years, Mecca
Normal have played their brand of
reactionary rock in the area, so
understandably they're interested
in other ways of reaching people.
Officially, they're on tour for The
Family Swan, their tenth album,
but they've taken along David
Lester's political posters and Jean
Smith's self-portraits. Not ohly that,
they're ready to discuss the state of
the underground, to break boundaries between the artist and audience, and to inspire forays into self-
expression in others.
Unfortunately, on this particular
night, there are too many unfilled
seats for the band to fulfill its
undertakings. Instead of being
deterred, the band proved its point
about people's aversion towards
things that don't fall neatly into categories. The duo have presented
their anti-establishment and feminist stances in all of their projects.
While their attitudes are welcome,
their fostering of awareness feels
too elementary to be exceptional.
Lester's Inspired Agitators
series, inspired by the WTO
protests, pays homage to figures
who have made political and social
impact in the face of adversity. Jean
Smith's watercolour self-portraits
document her face since the age of
13. The Pint Glass series depicts
the same souvenir pint glass with
flowers. The pieces are pleasant,
but lack complexity in visual technique and purpose. Smith points
out that it's surprising what can
become a body of work.
Their best showcase was a lively
set of challenging, punk-flavoured
songs. Lester kept his guitar playing interesting with tension
between reverb and repetition in.
Smith's reedy, Joni Mitchell-like
vocals chanted out lyrics taken
from her prose and poetry. Her
low-pitched, distinctive voice complimented Lester's array of effects,
and their performance displayed a
comfortable showmanship. The
sound in the old theatre was crisp,
and over the years they've learned
how to stretch themselves so that
listeners don't feel the lack of other
Both Smith and Lester live in
Vancouver, and yet occupy their
time in the city with publishing
projects, not in performing the
usual circuits. They've seen phases
of popularity, but the band mentions that setting an example is a
motivating force for them, and are
credited with helping to fuel the
independent ethic on the West
Coast. They're continuing to step
into uncustomary places, playing in
schools and drop-in centres as a
part of their fall tom'.
Their fostering of individualism
seems to be fuel for their longevity.
Lester's criticisms of viewing "culture as merely a consumer item,"
and of popularity as the only thing
that is worthwhile, are very valid.
Smith thinks of their performances
as "self-fulfilling." Mecca Normal
will wear the face of the underground whether or not people are
looking. ♦
C. R.Avery multi-tasks onstage
at Cafe Deux Soleiis
Oct 10
by Lisa Johnson
Three out ofthe four tiines that I have seen CR. Avery
perform, I have been convinced that he has the most
unique musical intuition and abundant creativity in
Vancouver. His mouth plays harmonica, spilling poetry as he conjures the sounds of a drum-kit and turntables on his lips. Each of which is impressive, but this
guy does it all at the same time.
He's a one-man show. At least, he should be.
Last Thursday at Cafe Deux Soleiis was the fourth
time I've seen CR. Avery play, but the first time I've
seen him in front of a conventional rock ensemble.
(Other shows have featured CR. solo; CR. plus a DJ; or
CR. plus a DJ, violin and television sound-loop.) So
when I walked into the cafe and saw two guitars, a sax,
bass and drum kit I was sure I had missed his show.
Y Within minutes, though, Avery and his band took
the stage. While the other musicians began warming
up their strings and reeds, Avery tested his harmonicas and donned a red two-octave Yamaha keyboard,
strapping it on like a guitar with a frayed length of
The set that followed was filled with honest songs.
It was poetry set to folk-rock and blues in the tradition
of Bob Dylan, or Lou Reed on a mellow day. Like these
musicians, Avery half talks and half sings his stories,
only partly adhering to the song's rhythm. Thursday,
he delivered one tale about the Downtown Eastside,
and another on meeting a young war-bound soldier on
a train. In the sassy blues tune "Dairy Cow," Avery
drew hoots from the crowd as he invited the world to
"milk* him, musically.
But throughout the show, although the players
coordinated their licks with Avery's conducting, a
botched seam appeared between the words and
music. CR.'s lyrics were great, but they seemed like
poems put with music as an afterthought. Also, the
band—including their frontman—jammed brilliantly
together, but only when the words stopped and they
were released from the strictures of stanzas.
The combination was only truly complimentary in
one song, largely because they gave each other space.
The words stopped when the band kicked in, and the
band was quiet when Avery turned on his internal
beat box and rapped witty complaints, including:
"don't you hate her over-the-top anarchist
friends/don't you hate the new Austin Powers, and the
way that it ends?"
Avery told the Ubyssey how his recent tour on the
East Coast catalysed Thursday's performance. "I've
been touring solo for a month and a half," he said
thoughtfully, interrupting himself to thank friends
and familiar faces for coming. "And I was writing all
these songs that just didn't work solo. So when I came
back and could get the pieces together, I wanted to
perform them with a band."
Though the set isn't tight yet, it is a testament to
CR.'s creativity and the band members' musicianship
that this departure was even possible. "It shows he
can do anything," said one fan at the cafeY
Since the talent on both sides is so solid, maybe
Avery and his band will soon be able to do it right. ♦ THEUBYSSEY
opens Oct. 18
by Sara Young
What seems interesting about Punch
Drunk Love to most people is the
presence of Adam Sandler in the
lead role. Sandler's recent film roles
have been in a string of mind-numbing films, such as Mr. Deeds and
The Wedding Singer and Billy
Madison. After so much cinematic
crap, it is clear that even Adam
Sandler didn't want to see Adam
Sandler play another idiot man-
child tripping through scene after
scene of inconceivable mishaps.
It is also not surprising that
director Paul Thomas Anderson
(Magnolia, Boogie Nights) would
cast Sandler as Barry Egan, the bumbling, self-conscious toilet plunger
manufacturer with a violent alter-
ego brought out by his sisters' verbal
abuse—a character that matches
Sandler's strengths. What is surprising is that Sandler's performance
more than matches the talent of his
co-stars in this film. Sandler is especially effective when he plays angry
scenes with humour, or funny
scenes with a sad seriousness.
Punch Drunk Love boasts a cast
of incredible actors who are sometimes overshadowed by Sandler's
presence, including Emily Watson,
Luis Guzman and Philip Seymour
Hoffman. Watson'debuted in the
heart-rending Danish film, Breaking
the Waves and recently starred in
Gosford Park, an epic English whodunit. Here, Watson plays Lena
Leonard, the almost too patient,
understanding and sweet pursuer of
Barry Egan's affections.
Philip Seymour Hoffman played
one of his only easily likeable char
acters in Anderson's last film,
Magnoha, but here he is back to
playing a gross, angry, dishevelled
potty-mouth who Egan encounters
after a phone-sex call gone horribly,
horribly wrong (as I am sure they
often do). Violent events such as
for all ages
in theatres now
by Jose S. Velasquez
Hayao Miyazaki's film is not your typical cutesy
Disney movie. If you've ever seen Alice in
Wonderland, The Wizard ofOz, and Little Nemo:
The Dream Master, mix them together, add some
steroids and a few nasty ghosts, paste a PG rating
on it, and you have Spirited Away.
This elaborately-crafted anime spirits you
through the grand adventures of Chihiro, the
movie's heroine, and her quest to find her way
home and rescue her parents from 'Spirit World.'
The adventure begins on a peaceful afternoon,
when Chihiro's father makes a wrong turn on
their way to their new house. The entire family
ends up in Spirit World, ruled by the powerful
sorceress, Ubaba. There, her parents are turned
into pigs, and to free them Chihiro sells her name
and services to Ubaba. Going by the alias "Sen,"
Chihiro goes through sometimes hilarious, sometimes hair-raising, sometimes overly imaginative
adventures that make and sometimes nearly
break the film's rhythm.
Don't think this short summary does justice
to the film. The superb animation and the musical score are wonderfully put together, while the
characters are spectacularly drawn with colours
that scream at you. The action is fast paced, and
the tight dialogue spares few unnecessary
The story line itself is a swell treat for a matinee. However, it is not worth the price of a full
prime-time ticket unless you're an anime/ani-
mation buff. Part of the reason for this is that
some of the metaphors and logic of the tale are
lost in the translation, so that certain parts of
film seem a bit disjointed.
Nevertheless, this award-winning film, presented by Disney, is a fun movie to watch. And
just because it's a cartoon doesn't necessarily
mean it's just for children. After all, it's the latest rave in Japan. ♦
those that are born from this phone
call, are juxtaposed with quiet and
gentle scenes. The violence and
peace in this film interact in a way
that keeps the audience precariously balanced somewhere between
contentment and nausea-like love. I
guess that's the point
Luis Guzman (who also starred
in Magnolia) has been acting in
films since 1977 and has more
than once played a generic South
American character named Jose (as
he did in Crocodile Dundee II). This
is more a reflection of the racism
endemic in Hollywood than it is of
Guzman's abilities or versatility.
Guzman's character in Punch
Drunk Love is Lance, an employee
of Egan's who appears more capable than his boss. If Lena is the
force that finally pulls Barry Egan
out of his self-depreciating malaise,
then Lance is the force that quietly
pushes him forward.
The most interesting feature of
this film is its cast, but the inclusion of audio-visual interludes are
nearly as fascinating. Anderson
intercuts the film with moments of
colourful light and sound: colour
bars, pulsating blobs of light, white
dots twinkling on blackness accompanied by hushed dialogue or
music. The presence of these experimental elements, along with the
excellent cast and strange events of
this film, turn Punch Drunk Love
into something greater than the
typical love story that underlies the
film. ♦
Bowling for answers
opens Oct 18
by Sophie Leevers
Why do Americans kill one another more than
the citizens of any other country in the world?
With everyone pointing the finger at somebody else, this is the question Michael Moore
searches to answer throughout what I think is
his best film yet Rarely have I seen a film that
has me laughing, crying and sick to my stomach all within two hours. 2
In Bowling for Columbine, which last week
won ■- the Vancouver International Film
Festival's People's Choice Award, Moore
explores a profound problem, raising wider-
ranging issues than his previous well-known
documentary Roger and Me. He follows all of
the accusations and comes up with revealing
conclusions, making it clear that high school
shootings cannot be blamed on video games,
violent music or gun accessibility.
It is great to see such an extensive critique
on America, made by the American peering
down the barrels of guns. Moore's approach
creates closeness to the subject that I do not
think could have been achieved by a non-
American. Moore's hometown happens to be
Flint, Michigan, site of America's youngest
school shooting (victim Kayla Rolland and the
shooter were both six years old).
In Bowling for Columbine, Moore is humorous, cynical, sympathetic and critical. He con-:
nects many different sides of the spectrum,
interviewing everybody from US National Rifle
Association President Charlton Heston to
Marilyn Manson, from South Park writer (and
Columbine High School alumnus) Matt Stone to
camouflage-clad members of the Michigan
Militia, to the brother of an Oklahoma City
bomber, and many more. Moore is relentless
and determined, going so far as to take two students from Columbine High School to the main
headquarters of K-Mart to talk to the man
responsible for distributing the bullets that are
still embedded in their classmates' bodies.
The documentary is extensive, with footage
that is at times hard to look at Paradoxes are
revealed through sobering montages from
security camera tapes in Columbine High and
news coverage of American military interventions over the past 50 years. The way Moore
chooses to coincide different stories in a
mosaic of television news headlines evokes
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inescapable thought and revelation.
Also telling is some of the information left
out by the popular media (for example, the day
of the Columbine shootings also happened to
be the same day ofthe most savage US bombing in Kosovo). Towards the end of the documentary I was feeling slightly nauseous, wondering if the overload of information and
images was ever going to end. Whether intentional or not this was an effective way to
emphasise the overload Americans receive
• from the media, and the endless cycle of his
torical horror stories involving guns and
This is not only a film about the boys who
went bowling before killing their fellow high
school students. It is also a closer look at a
whole history of lives lost to violence in
America and around the world by Americans.
Moore attempts to unravel why Americans kill
each other more than any other country in the
world. Could it all be related to fear? I do not
want to give away too many details, because
this is a film everybody should see. ♦ 12
at the Jericho Arts Centre
until Oct. 20
by Brian Zandberg
While I couldn't wholeheartedly
agree with the maxims dished
out by the septuagenarians seated ahead of me—"That's the trouble with young people these days
etc/—I did find myself enjoying
the contemporary metaphors of
Sarah Deakins's latest play, "Of
Diners and Buses."
And metaphors do abound in
this play, no doubt aided by a
mature blend of video, music
and a stunning set, in this case a
meticulously constructed diner
(curiously enough in a 70s
motif) and appropriately spartan
bus stop. These metaphors are
rendered easily from the musings of the sober poet Brad
(played by Robert Moloney) over
a coffee with the effervescent,
world-traveling artist Nicole
(Gabrielle Miller). They tumble
out among the conversations of
Wendy (Jennifer Copping), the
witty and aspiring waitress, and
her nice guy roadie boyfriend
Dale (Mike Dopud). Metaphors,
amazingly, are even achieved by
the shallow, potty-mouthed,
sleazy-beyond-sleazy B-movie
screenwriter Benny (J.R.
Bourne) during his rooftop dialogues (and come-ons) with
Deakins, who co-stars with all of
the above as the emotionally
damaged writer Claire.
Indeed, how could this undulating web of meanings and
metaphors not be achieved by
such an all-star cast? Each one of
' the actors and actresses has a
list of film and stage credits as
long as my arm, the kind of
experience that is evident during their comical and earnest
interactions with each other.
Also telling is the way these players build the drama to its surprising conclusion (or beginning, if Ms Deakins is to have
her way).
This play is a marvelously
compelling series of candid
encounters and smoothly performed vignettes, due in no
small part to the direction of
UBC's very own Tom Scholte.
"Diners and Buses" is a powerhouse performance, wonderfully
spilling out beyond Deakins's
script to engage the audience,
and successfully creating the
kind of vibrancy that made me
feel I was somewhere else, somewhere much bigger than this intimate 100-seater at the Jericho
Arts Centre.
That is, until the spell of
words and fighting was over, and
I re-awoke to more gabbing of
the grannies as they put on their
We had all been engaged and
entertained. The neon light
behind the counter of the diner
went out for the last time, but I
was contented with the play's
fresh metaphors for the frightening and the funny in human
relationships. ♦
Hugh Fraser hard to beat
at  the   Vancouver East Cultural
Oct 10
by Vampyra Draculea
Hard Rubber Orchestra and the Hugh
Fraser Quintet played an awesome
show last Thursday night, showcasing
Fraser's many talents as both a
pianist and trombonist in the first
half of the show, and as a composer in
the second.
The show began with a smoking
set by the Hugh Fraser Quintet with
Strings. All of the set was simply
amazing, playing what I like to call
thrash jazz, which is perhaps not the
best description if you don't like
thrash metal, but I think neatly
describes the incredible energy, volume, intensity and near-ferocity of
the music. The musicianship was
incredible on the part of every player,
and all the members ofthe group had
outstanding solos throughout the set
It's hard to pick a single favourite
solo, but some of the ones that stand
out in my mind are the soprano saxophone solos by Campbell Ryga, a
great, intricate slap bass solo by Ken
Lister, and a riveting and intense
drum solo by Dave Robbins, who was
so into the music that he looked totally out. of it. Needless to say, Hugh
Fraser himself had several great
solos, on both piano and trombone.
That was just the first set The Second set had the full-on aural onslaught
ofthe Hard Rubber Orchestra.
Fraser conducted the HRO for the
second set, comprised of two of his
works, an old piece arranged by
Kenny Wheeler called "Looking Up,"
and then the premiere of Fraser's
new piece, "Dialogues for Jazz
Orchestra." This new piece was made
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up of nine movements, five of which
featured the entire orchestra blasting
away in their usual big band splendor, alternated with four duets written as conversations between two
solo instruments.
The overall feeling of the piece
was very vocal, with the full orchestra
sections like loud parties where
everyone was chatting away at once,
though always maintaining a cohe-
siveness to the work. The duets felt as
though the audience had stumbled
upon a quiet corner at that party
where private conversations were
The mood ranged from very funny
one-upmanship scenes, as in the duet
between Brad Muirhead on bass
trombone and Daniel Miles Kane on
baritone sax, to quieter moments, as
in the call and response duet between
bandleader/HRO founder John
Korsrud on trumpet and violinist
Rebecca Whitling. As with all Hard
Rubber Orchestra concerts, there
were also a number of great solos
even in the full orchestra movements.
The ones I particularly liked were a
smooth, wailing alto sax solo by Saul
Berson, one of trumpeter Vince Mai's
solos towards the end of the piece,
and Dennis Esson's trombone solo,
which explored the number of different sonorities possible with the use of
a single trombone mute.
The entire evening was basically a
demonstration ofthe meeting of great
composition and great playing.
Everything was well written, well
arranged, well orchestrated, and very
well played, as well as being
immensely entertaining to watch and
listen to. ♦
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Global Exploitation and other social injustices. Colour
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Harassment, Auto/Bike Theft Prevention, Safe
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at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Oct 8
by Vampyra Draculea
Choral ensemble musica intima began their tenth
anniversary season with a concert simply titled North.
The first of three concerts this season, North featured
a variety of sacred and secular vocal music from each
ofthe five Scandinavian countries. - ....-,
I will be perfectly honest about one of my biases
here—I don't like sacred music. At all. But even I have
to admit that these works, which comprised about half
ofthe program, were beautifully sung and pleasant to
listen to from a purely musical standpoint
What I truly enjoyed were the secular pieces, which
were mostly lullabies and folk songs sung in the
. native tongues of their respective countries. My particular favourites were the three Finnish folk songs
that began the concert I've been trying to learn
Finnish and found it a real treat to hear these traditional soiigs. Other highlights of the show were the
beautiful Icelandic lullabies and the Danish nature
songs. Of these, I think I liked the Danish song
"Ravnen"—arranged by Erling Kullberg—most of all,
because of its beautiful modal harmonies. I also found
the Robert Sund's Swedish song 'Dans till skatfbtter"
(Magpie's Dance) very amusing in its imitations of
magpie calls and its vow to never grow old.
Every piece was superbly sung, impeccably
arranged, and best of all, the singers allowed both
their own and the songs' personalities to shine
through. Throughout the concert there were also
some wonderful soloists, however only Andy
Hillhouse was introduced to the audience, so unfortunately I can only list that one name.
In addition to the beautiful, perfectly pitched
singing, I also quite liked the way that the members of
musica intima talked to the audience, informing us of
some background cultural information about the
songs and joking about the somber nature of some of
the pieces. They all seemed to be genuinely relaxed
and happy to be performing, which is all too rare in
the world of chamber choirs."* They even closed the
show with, an encore comprised of a Swedish pop
song. I think it was by Abba, but I don't know for sure.
All in all this was a very enjoyable evening filled
with some gorgeous music, and I'd highly recommend musica intima to anyone with a passion for
choral music. ♦ .
Nearing perfection
82 year-old
Ravi Shankar
still pleases
with Anoushka Shankar
at The Orpheum
Oct 8
by Erin Hope-Goldsmith
The music went right into my head and resonated there, overtones stretching and narrowing hypnotically in a golden glow of rich
Indian bliss. Anoushka Shankar, seated in
the centre of a Persian rug, opened the concert playing a raga, a traditional Indian musical form, on her sitar. She was soon joined by
the men sitting at the four corners ofthe rug.
Two were on tabla drums—small hand
drums with an incredibly expressive and liquid range of sounds—and two were playing
tampura, stringed instruments which make
that cra2y, twangy drone sound characteristic of Indian music and Loreena McKennitt
Three long meditative pieces filled the
space before intermission, each beginning
with a simple raga followed by intricate dialogue between the instruments, sometimes
with an easy to follow rhythm, sometimes
dazzling the mind in its complexity. I
enjoyed it best when I stopped thinking and
just let the sounds wash through me.
Anoushka's set was performed with fire
and panache.   .
After the intermission, the musicians
were joined by Ravi Shankar, Anoushka's
father, the famous man who brought Indian
music to world pop culture in the sixties. He
got a standing ovation when he first walked
on. Ravi, now 82 years old, has magic in his
fingers and mind. He has been a musical
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performer since the age of ten playing the
sitar and writing music for everything from
solo sitar to symphony orchestra.
Even listening to the group tune their
instruments was happiness for the ears and
soul. Lucky for the audience, because the
performers spent quite a while trying to figure it out before the last raga. Ravi eventually had to ask his daughter to tune his
instrument As he said, "Sometimes it is
easy to be in tune, but sometimes discord
takes hold of us."
But was it ever worth the wait! In the last
piece, the musicians were having so much
fun the carpet almost took off. It was funny
to watch father and daughter unconsciously
shaking their bare feet in time as they
improvised back and forth. Then they handed the flame to Bikram Ghosh, who has
been touring as a tabla player with Ravi
Shankar since 1995. He ran with it, his fingers flying over the drums with the speed of
a university student racing around campus
on way, way too much coffee. The audience
roared with applause at the end, but it was
not the end. The music began again and
Tanmoy Bose, the other virtuoso tabla player, started up, playing incredibly complex
rhythms that always somehow worked out
just right with the beat The two battled back
and forth to enthusiastic whoops from the
audience, who were warmed up and ready
for some more lively entertainment The
concert ended with a triumphant bang, followed by a few more notes that just slipped
out accidentally, and a great laugh from the
Ravi Shankar's music has by now
inspired generations in the Western world
to look for a connection with the East His
leadership in harmonising tradition and
modernity, in many cultures, drew Tuesday
night's audience to their feet in acknowledgement and appreciation. And if was
great to see that even someone who has
written as many pieces of music, made as
many recordings, and won as many honours and knighthoods as Ravi Shankar, still
sometimes has trouble toning his sitar. So
much for perfection! ♦
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Last week, the US Congress voted in favour of a
resolution that authorises US President George
W. Bush to use force against Iraq in a manner
'necessary and appropriate' to protect US
national security and enforce UN resolutions.
No big surprise there.
And while we're disappointed with the vote,
it's hard to know whether to be surprised that
126 out of 207 Democrats in the House of
Representatives and 22 out of 50 in the Senate
voted against the resolution. Is that a significant
show of support against pre-emptive military
action from a large percentage of Democrats? Is
that an indication that a whole whack of
Democrats still care more about their reelection in November than in adhering to international law? Is that an indication of anything at
all? We're not sure.
We do know that, unlike the infamous US
vote in 1964, when just two senators voted
against giving Lyndon Johnson authority to
go to war in Vietnam, there are quite a few
Americans, politicians and regular citizens
alike, who feel a first-strike platform against
Iraq is unethical and irrational. But there's
something even larger to be afraid of—and
that's the chilling message of Bush's recent
'National Security Strategy of the United
States of America,* made available to the
public September 20.
The document states deterrence is no longer
a viable tactic for dealing with security threats.
True enough. If deterrence made sense, we
wouldn't be attacking Iraq. (The rationale
behind the West not bombing the Soviet Union
at the height ofthe Cold War was the knowledge
that it could retaliate, a condition known as
'mutually-assured destruction." That the US is
now willing to attack Iraq must mean that their
threat is not nearly as grave.) Terrorists, who
seek to use their deaths to achieve martyrdom
and who don't show allegiance to a state, can't
be bullied in traditional methods.
But what the strategy posits in exchange for
deterrence is no more comforting. 'Pre-emption' is the document's favorite catch-phrase,
and pre-emption via American military power
is the method. What this means is far from
clear, although some phrases make themselves
particularly known: "Our forces will be strong
enough to dissuade potential adversaries from
pursuing a military build-up in hopes of surpassing, or equaling, the power of the United
States,' says one passage, quoted in an article in
the New Yorker. What the hell? Since when is
the US an all-powerful, Orwellian police state?
_ This is a vision of a world in which America
is unwilling to see any rival power emerge—no
matter what ideological flag it waves. This is a
vision of the' world based around explicit
American world domination.
Think we're getting a little paranoid?
Perhaps. But listening to the Bush administration talk about its plans to occupy Iraq after a
'regime change' is more than unsettling. And
all the talk in the National Security Strategy of
forging international alliances and "taking
international obligations seriously' amounts to
so much hot air when America actually speaks
its mind. In a plan released October 10, the
White House calls for war-crime trials of Iraqi
leaders. This despite the fact that the US has
recently withheld its supp.ort for the
International Criminal Court, keeping its soldiers and politicians exempt from the same
war-crime trials that it intends to use against
Iraq. How can we be expected to take American
calls for justice seriously when its leaders won't
play by their own rules?
Right now, the UN is deciding whether to
go with an American-led platform of pre-emptive attacks, or follow France's advice towards
a two-tiered approach, with the Security
Council first adopting a resolution to compel
Iraq to cooperate with international weapons
inspectors, and then, if Iraq failed to comply,
adopting a second resolution on military
force. According to one administration official, however, "The president doesn't want to
have to wait around for a second resolution if
it is clear that the Iraqis are not cooperating.'
Sound like doublespeak? You got it. ♦ -
Say What? A response to Jeff Carroll
by Michael-Owen Liston
In a letter published in the
Ubyssey's October 4th issue ("So-
repeat after nie...'), Jeff Carroll
demonstrated with great alacrity
his commendable concern for such
wide-ranging issues as journalistic
professionalism, the intelligence of
the Ubyssey, staff,
and—last, but certainly not least—the
conflict ' s
Frequent ad
hominem ranting
notwithstanding, Mr Carroll's commitment to the above seems sincere and genuine, and so I have to
assume that he is either under-
informed on the issues of which he
speaks, or is deliberately ignoring
large parts of the historical record.
Given his self-professed values I
am confident that if the former is
true, my own suggestions for
improvement will be welcomed in
kind. In either case, allow me to set
some of the record straight
Mr Carroll asserts that there 'is
not now, nor has there ever been, a
country   called   Palestine,'   and
expresses considerable skepticism
that Israeli forces could therefore
be 'occupying' a country which
'doesn't exist,' or that Palestinians
could 'resist' such a fictitious
'occupation.' These propositions
are as disingenuous as they are
superficially logical.
Firstly, while parties on all sides
of the conflict
have frequently
resorted to erasure of the
» region's long and
complicated history as a means
for propagating their cause(s),
there is no excuse for Mr Carroll to
continue the revisionist trend. That
Palestinian nationhood has been in
flux for over a century is quite true.
To say that 'there has never been a
country called Palestine,' however,
as a means of sweeping the Israeli
conquest of the region under the
rug—that's propaganda.
The territory of Palestine was
recognized by the League of
Nations in 1917 as being one of
those communities 'whose existence as independent nations can
be provisionally recognized.' For
'- nearly thirty years, following the
Collapse of the Ottoman Empire
after World War I, the international community deliberated on
the fate of Palestine's indigenous
When Israel took matters into
its own hands, declaring its independence in 1948, it subsequently
seized control (or should we say
'occupied'?) of tracts of land far
beyond that which had been allotted to it in the United Nation's mandate, which would have partitioned
the region into both Jewish and
Arab states.
Perhaps Mr Carroll has forgotten the first half of the 20th
Century, or regards wishy-washy
concepts like provisional nationhood and international law as yet
more of those 'fascist' lies he's so
rightly concerned about?
While Mr Carroll's sophistry
presumably does not involve complete disavowal of Israel's military
operations in the region from 1947
onwards, it remains unclear from
his remarks as to what term he
does prefer to 'occupation.'   .
Then again, his erstwhile strata-,
gem for keeping the ever "tricky' ,
truth out of the hands of 'ignorant
blowhards' is to promote the rote
repetition of his own precepts, not
to enrich our evidently abused and
impoverished vocabularies. Clever,
Mr Carroll, but a hair shy ofthe critical analysis that you espouse as
antidote to the "brainwashing' of
the ubiquitous fascists.
On the subject ofthe 1982 massacres at the refugee camps of
Sabra and Shatila, Mr Carroll also
took issue with Ubyssey writer Leah
McKenzie-Brown's apparent support for 'another tired lie of the
anti-Semitic rumor mills.'
While Ms McKenzie-Brown may
have erred somewhat in writing
that the massacres were 'attributed
to Israeli President Ariel Sharon,"
Mr Carroll's refutation that "the
worst that can be said for [Sharon]
is that it happened on his watch' is
also baldly incongruent with the
Israeli government's official investigation of the incident, the Kahan
Commission, which found that the
then Minister of Defense Ariel
Sharon "bears personal responsibility' for what transpired there.
Many details of the
Sabra/Shatila   incident   remain THE UBYSSEY
uncertain twenty years later, but a brief synopsis
of some of the established facts might serve to
inform Mr Carroll and other skeptics ofthe complexity of those issues he is so quick to whitewash.
On September 15, 1982, the Israeli Defense
Forces (IDF) surrounded and sealed off the
Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon,
following the Israeli re-invasion. The Lebanese
President-elect Bashir Gemayel had been assassinated the previous day, by what was then
thought to be a PLO terrorist. To say that
Lebanese-Palestinian relations were strained at
this point would be a polite understatement.
In this violent political context, then Defense
Minister Ariel Sharon elected to send a proxy
Lebanese militia with a notoriously undisciplined and violent background—at the best of
times—into camp of largely Palestinian refugees,
having first assumed military control of the
grounds (we might assume that a degree of
responsibility to its largely civilian populace
would accompany such an exercise of power).
The militiamen of the Lebanese Phalange
and the South Lebanese Army were, as stated
by IDF operational order six, to conduct
"Searching and mopping up of the camps...'
While this 'activity" was ostensibly to be confined to PLO fighters suspected to be remaining in Shatila and Sabra—a supposition that
was never confirmed, and remains so—the
Phalange and SLA went on a 24 hour rampage,
killing hundreds of Palestinian refugees,
many or most of them women and children.
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their surveillance of the
IDF failed to interven
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well after the carnage h
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UBC's accomplishments of the past year and our expanded downtown
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With a civic election on the way, a controversial Liberal government in power and the
echoes of Expo 86 ringing louder and louder,
debate about Vancouver-Whistler's 2010
Winter Olympic bid has heated up.
by Duncan M. McHugh
or many
1986 was a water-
• ■■    -      shed year. It was
1 the year that the
\ city hosted  Expo
V.    '.    \ 86,      a      World
Exposition that garnered unprecent-
ed worldwide attention and respect
It was a shining moment in the
city's history, which coincided with
the city's centenary. But as with
most major events, there was a dark
underbelly to Expo 86.
The planning committee for the
six-month long fair was criticised for
its lack of consultation with community groups. Expo 86 had a dramatic
effect on the city's impoverished
neighbourhoods, particularly in the
Downtown Eastside (DTES). It was
in the DTES that mass evictions took
place, with the loss of more 1000
housing units and eviction-related
For many in the DTES, the memory of what happened with Expo is
still fresh in their minds, and it's
this4 lingering frustration that's
pushing their- opposition to the
Vancouver-Whistler bid to host the
2010 Olympics.
"It's so similar it's frightening,*
says: Jim Green, UBC professor,
longtime DTES activist and member
ofthe Impact ofthe Olympics on the
Community Committee (IOCC), a
group that is calling on those organising Vancouver's bid to be more
accountable and socially-
"You've got the same players
there,* says Green, who is running
for Vancouver City
Council on November 16
as a1 member of the
Coalition of Progressive
Electors (COPE). "They've
got the same type of attitude, and the attitude with
these hallmark events is
virtually the same always,
which is: 'We're not
responsible for anything
that is hot directly related GREEN
to what we are doing. So if
hotel owners are kicking people
out—it's not our fault, we have nothing to do with that."
While concern about low-income
housing is a primary one, it is but
one of a number of worries that critics have of the games. Most criticism of the bid lies in the tremendous cost of hosting the Games. An
estimated $6 billion will be needed
to finance the 17-day long event,
money thafc-given BC's current
state of near-universal governmental cutbacks^-some say may be misdirected.
"We're very concerned about the
cost of the bid, how it's being
financed^* says Green. "It's very
hard npt to believe that the cuts that
we see to welfare, the disabled, to
education, all the things that are
being torn up—the human rights
commissions—all of those are being
done, in part, to finance the
Olympic bid*
"The Olympics aren't just about
sports," says Am Johal, a former
Alma Mater Society executive and
spokesperson for the IOCC. "In fact,
they're about public spending priorities, because we have to decide how
to invest our dollars...[T]he Games
don't pay for themselves.*
A major target for criticism of
Olympic spending is the proposed
upgrade ofthe Sea-to-Sky Highway, a
somewhat treacherous two-lane
road that links Vancouver to
Whistler. While critics see it as an
unnecessary Olympic expense, the
bid corporation and the province
"What the bid corporation supports is an expansion ofthe road for
capacity and safety issues, not for a
super-highway, as some people have
talked about," says Sam Corea, director of Media Relations for the bid
corporation. He says that a modest
three-lane road would be sufficient
for the International Olympic
Committee (IOC), the body that
chooses Olympic hosts. (Currently,
Vancouver-Whistler is in competition with Salzburg, Austria and
Fyeongchang, South Korea to host
the Games. Bern, Switzerland, the
fourth short-listed candidate city
recently dropped out of competition
after voters there turned down a
request for money by their bid corporation.)
"The bid has always said, right
from the start, that anything that
needs to be renovated or changed
on the Sea-to-Sky Highway has to
meet the long term needs of the
community,"   says   Corea.   "The
Premier...says that there will be an
improvement to the Sea-to-
Sky Highway because  of
safety and capacity issues
for the people of the corridor. It's not going to be a six-
lane freeway, it's not going
to be a freeway through the
watershed, that is not on the
table. He says the improvements will be no more than
$670 million, as part of the
overall   provincial   transportation initiative.'
Johal, however, wonders what the
cost will be of a renovated, but expensive Vancouver-Whistler corridor.
"I'm up in Williams Lake right
now, and the passenger rail service
into Williams Lake and Prince
George is going to be cut, as of the
end of this month. So if, on the one
hand, we're looking at creating
some kind of great transportation
system along the Sea-to-Sky
Highway by 2010, but-in the
meantime—we're cutting transportation, routes like rail transportation into the interior...it's
going to be a questionable
Another potential high cost project is a SkyTrain link from downtown to the Vancouver
International Airport in Richmond.
SkyTrain, Vancouver's rapid transit
sytem, was originally built for Expo
86 and, while popular, has been
criticised for its high infrastructure
ANTICIPATING: Engineering student Cedric Fernandes peruses Tuesday's Vancouver-Whistler 2010
Olympic bid open house in the SUB. nic fensom photo
"The so-called 'subway to the airport' is not required by the Olympic
bid committee,* says Green. "So
these things are all being done [for
the Olympics]—it's not really
required—so, we wonder why it's
being done.*
Corea agrees that the bid corporation is not asking for a rail link to
the airport, which he considers a
Translink initiative. If anything,
Corea sees the Olympics benefitting a rail link proposal.
"All the Olympic bid serves to do
to, with any initiative [like the airport rail link], would be to maybe
put something on the agenda a bit
sooner, rather than later,* he says.
"But, this is not an Olympic project."
Public transportation within
Vancouver is something the bid
corporation has big hopes for.
Similar to strategies at this year's
Winter Games in Salt Lake City and
last year's Track and Field World
Championships in Edmonton,
Vancouver organisers hope to
include transportation with tickets
to Olympic events.
"This encourages public transit
at all venues," says Corea. "We're
hoping that, as an off-shoot of that,
when people get used to taking
transit for a couple of weeks, that-
down the road—they would include
public transit in their regular transportation plans."
It's this kind of socially responsible thinking that the IOCC argues
is sorely missing from most
aspects of the planning process for
the bid. Nowhere is this more
apparent than with the question of
Preliminary discussions about
the Games' Athletes' Village had
the facility being built at UBC and
turned into residences after the
Olympics, or nearer downtown and
used for social housing. The plan
now is for the Athletes' Village to be
built on the South East side of False
Creek, next to the Cambie Street
Bridge, across the water from the
old Expo site. The area, which is
already slated for development by
the the City of Vancouver, would
house 2 500 athletes and would be
handed over to the city after the
"Working with the Olympic bid
corporation,' says Corea, "[the city]
could use the facilities—post-
Games—for a variety of uses, some
of which has been identified as
affordable housing. So that is very
important to the City of Vancouver,
and they're working to ensure that
the contribution that we make
towards the venue has a legacy-benefit, after the fact*
In terms of evictions of those living in the DTES, Corea doesn't see
this as much of an issue.
"We're not really looking at the
single-room occupancy [hotels],
because that really isn't a factor for
the Olympic period in 2010," he
says. "We hear...[that the lOCC's]
main concern is...that some greedy
landlord would want to convert for
the long term to cash in. But really,
to convert one room for a 17 day
period, you would never recoup
your investment*
Corea cites Expo 8 6's six month
length as a contributing factor to
the evictions that took place.
Furthermore, he feels that—with
23,000 hotel rooms in the greater
Vancouver area and an additional
5000 in Whistler—Vancouver will
have enough accommodations
come 2010. Johal is quick
to dismiss this argument
"That's an absolutely
ridiculous remark," says
Johal. "That's exactly what
they said during Expo 86,
and that's exactly what
they said during Salt Lake
City...The idea that we
have enough hotel rooms
doesn't take into account
the lower end of the market, which is—essentially—where the evictions
Johal cites figures like the 8000
people that were displaced by the
1996 Summer Games in Atlanta
and the example of the American
Central Intelligence Agency and
other companies evicting whole
apartment buildings in Salt Lake
City, as situations that must be
The IOCC's solution to this: an
anti-conversion and demolition bylaw which would protect the DTES's
low-income housing.
"That wouldn't cost the city a
nickel,' says Johal. "All it would do
is to set the terms by which a low
rent hotel would be able to change
over...[it protects] against people
being evicted in a very immediate
5vay, which is where the worst
health implications happen." These
health concerns stem from deaths
that happened when people were
forced onto the street during Expo.
The only hitch: Vancouver City
Council just defeated the motion
that would have put the anti-conversion and demolition by-law in
place. And this is where the future
of the bid becomes unclear. In less
than a month, Vancouver will hold
it's civic election. Depending on the
results of that election, the bid
could go two different ways. A Nonpartisan Association win would
mean the maintenance ofthe status
quo; a COPE victory would mean a
city-wide referendum on the
Olympic bid.
"If we're elected from COPE,'
says Green, 'we will hold a referendum in this city. The reason for that
is—it's not even that we're against
the Olympics—we know that if
there's a referendum, the Olympic
bid committee will have to get out
and give all the information they
refuse to give to us, so we can have
an open and conscious debate on
whether it's good or bad."
"And that's totally missing at the moment," he
adds. "You have $35 million in propaganda for the
Olympic bid; they're
pumping it out every
day...with our money and a
group like ours, the IOCC,
doesn't have a nickel, no
staff or anything."
Johal agrees with this.
"Trying to get information out to the public in an
objective way is really difficult
when the Pacific Press Group—
which owns the Vancouver Sun and
the Province—is donating a million
dollars in free advertising. The BC
Association of Broadcasters is
donating three million and Jimmy
Pattison Billboards is donating free
billboards," he says.
For the record, NPA mayoral
candidate Jennifer Clarke says she
opposes a referendum, saying that
the Olympics are "going to go
ahead anyways." The Premier has
also firmly rejected the possibility
of a referendum for the province. ♦
For more information on
Vancouver's 2010 Olympic bid,
visit the bid corporation's website
at www.winter2010.com, or the
IOCC's website, www. olympics-
—with files from Lisa Johnson


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