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Politics Between Fear and
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Wines of the World THE UBYSSEY   Tuesday, 31 October, 2006
Parasitic sea lice killing BC's wild salmon
Salmon farmers using the ocean as a
sewer, says scientist
by Amanda Stutt
A team of scientists have discovered
that parasitic sea lice escaping from
salmon farms along BC's coast are
infecting and killing the wild salmon
that swim by the farms placed on the
salmon's natural migration routes.
The study, titled "Epizootics of
Wild Fish Induced by Farmed
Fish," was a collaborative effort by
Martin Krkosek, Martin A. Lewis,
Alexandra Morton, L. Neil Fraser
and John P. Volpe. The study was
published this week in the online
US journal Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences, and
will likely provide more fuel for an
already heated debate.
"Salmon farming has a number of
liabilities...specifically in the Pacific,
aquaculture has a very bad effect on
the wild fish," said Daniel Pauly,
director of UBC's Fisheries Centre.
"In the Atlantic..this has contributed
to the annihilation of Atlantic
salmon...because the farms release
lots of animals which are halfway
domesticated which compete with
the wild ones."
Pauly explained that contact
with farmed salmon can have a
detrimental affect on the fitness of
wild salmon—the ability of a fish to
survive in the wild and reproduce
Pauly described the issue of pollution in the form of parasite
release, and explained that sea lice
parasites attach to the skin of fish,
and grow so enormous that the size
corresponds to a human having
"plates" all over one's body.
Pauly said the farming industry's
response to previous allegations,
has become "untenable," maintaining the position that they had nothing to do with pollution and the production of parasites. "It's not a subjective position," said Pauly. "It's
what the evidence shows."
"These farms emit..a cloud of parasites..^ stench that no other animal
can withstand...[and] all the fish are
Pauly confirmed that all farmed
salmon are infected with sea lice par
asites but "an adult salmon may withstand the parasitic infection [But]
when a baby [wild] salmon...encounters a farm and a parasite, it will die."
Farm fish are harvested and marketed by removing the parasites,
which only infect the skin, explained
Pauly. "It's not an issue for aquaculture. They handle it with chemicals.
They are not really supposed to use
some of the chemicals they do."
For Pauly, the question is not what
the industry should do, but what the
government should do. "Government
favours big fisheries...they can be
your buddy. They can support a reelection campaign."
Alexandra Morton, co-author of
the study, said a major problem is
that "the farmed fish are in the wrong
place. They're on the path of the
migrating wild adult salmon...I think
that the salmon producers saw these
"There needs to be a
better barrier..that
the lice can't get
-Alexandra Morton
co-author to "Epizootics of
Wild Fish Induced by Farmer
Fish" study
as good places to put farms."
Producers know that anywhere
there are wild fish, the farmed fish
will benefit from oxygenation, proper
temperatures and currents, she said.
Morton explained that wild fish
naturally carry sea lice in salt
water but as they migrate into
fresh water the lice die because
they can't survive in fresh water.
"It's one of nature's natural cleanup modes," said Morton.
Ironically, when wild salmon
come into contact with the farms,
they infect the farms and then the lice
survive and thrive by breeding on the
farmed fish. They don't die because
farmed salmon live in stagnant environments and don't migrate into
fresh water.
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WILD OR FARMED? Sea lice parasites infecting wild salmon, photo courtesy of Alexandra morton
high a density...you have a parasite
problem because the animals aren't
moving, they're so crowded together,
and often they're genetically very
similar. These are all natural laws
being broken," Morton said, adding
wild salmon constantly move.
"There are literally billions of
these baby lice now hatching and
flowing out of the pens because
pens do nothing to stop lice moving...lice just pass through the
mesh," added Morton.
Morton explained that most of
the producers of farmed salmon on
the BC coast are from Norway and
that Norwegian farm producers
have already had this problem.
"They solved the problem by controlling the number of sea lice, and
finally moving the farms away to
areas where they wanted to have
wild salmon."
"There is no reason for this mess,"
she said. "It's a technological problem. There needs to be a better barrier, just a better fence that the lice
can't get through."
Although many salmon producers are interested in trying closed
containment, it's not being given "a
fair shot" on the production level,
Morton said.
"They say it's too expensive to go
to closed containment," she said.
"Right now it's so easy to let all
your waste be flushed out to sea, basically using the ocean as a sewer to
take all of this mess away."
Tony Farrell, chair of
Sustainable Aquaculture at UBC,
declined comment on the study,
stating that he had not yet read the
article, and that "the media reported on the results of the study before
it was released by the scientific
journal...the media has preceded
the availability of scientific facts."
Farrell pointed out the long history of fish farming in various cultures
around the world. "Fish farming has
been around for thousands of
years...if it's not sustainable, why hasn't it collapsed?"
He explained that aquaculture is
really the domestication of wild fish
and therefore should reduce the wild
fish catch.
Farrell is concerned with the
dietary requirements of farmed fish,
and does research aimed at finding a
way to "stop feeding fish to fish." He
is researching "new ways of better
feeding farmed fish...and understanding the use of plant-based diets
is a critical component for sustain
able aquaculture."
Farrell's other goal is to "make
sure the welfare of farmed fish is
looked after...if farmed fish are not
stressed they will grow better. The
challenge for us is to develop
sustainable methods of rearing
fish...equipping aquaculturalists
with plant-based diets and ensuring fish welfare."
According to Morton this is "an
important issue, because right now
they are harvesting wild fish to feed
farmed fish."
He also said that the aquaculture
industry should be careful of "mixing
up the food chain." Right now, a lot of
what the fish are eating are chickens...poultry meal...and blood flour."
As a result of this diet, the natural color of farmed salmon's flesh
is not the pink that a wild salmon's
would be, but grey. Wild salmon
have pink flesh because they feed
on shrimp, said Morton.
"The redder the flesh, the more
expensive the dye, the farmer tries to
pick a level of pink that he thinks the
consumer wants and then goes with
that," he said.
"It's fooling the public into thinking this is really a salmon. It's not
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Thursday, November 2 - opening night!
7 pm: Finding Dawn
9:15 pm: 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama
Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 pm
Raised to be Heroes /
Breaking Ranks
Meet Israeli soldiers who refuse to participate
in military activity in the West Bank and Gaza
Strip, and U.S. soldiers seeking sanctuary in
Canada rather than serve in the war in Iraq.
Directors in attendance.
Friday, Nov. 3 at 9:30 pm
Missing: Sri Lanka's Silent Tsunami
/ Visioning Tibet
As political disappearances and killings start again in Sri
Lanka, the missing must not be forgotten - in a double-bill
with a good news story about restoring sight to Tibetans.
Vancouver premieres. Directors in attendance.
Saturday, November 4
12 pm: Uganda Rising
2 pm: Rwanda, The Hills Speak Out
3:25 pm: Total Denial
5:15 pm: Sex Slaves
7:20 pm: Martyr Street
9:25 pm: Blind Man / (Hate) Machine /
Independent Intervention
Sunday, November 5
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The Shape of Water
The Mushuau Innu: Surviving
Canada / Sipakapa Is Not For Sale
Borderless / Maquilapolis
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Rat Fink creator has
muffled history
now playing
by Jesse Ferreras
Ron Mann is on a mission. The
Canadian documentarian who
made his name chronicling performance poetry, marijuana prohibition and environmentalism now
returns to the screen with Tales of
the Rat Fink. Telling the story of Ed
"Big Daddy" Roth—who made his
mark on counter cultural history
through his innovations of the hot
rod and the customised t-shirt—
Mann is on a quest to ensure that
Roth and his creations do not fade
out of history. Though Rat Fink
is full of entertaining facts and
moments that utilise his characteristic blend of animations and
archival footage, the film does not
match the interest generated in the
subjects of Mann's earlier films. The
exhibition of hot rods, however, is
certain to capture the interest of
auto-fetishists everywhere.
Mann sets up the 1950s as a
time of blandness that was struck
over the head by the advent of the
hot rod. He uses a commercial for
Chevrolet featuring singer Dinah
Shore to illustrate his perception of
the light innocence of commercial
media at the time. Carried through
the film by a hairy, disgusting, oil-
guzzling green creature dubbed the
"Rat Fink," we are then introduced
to Ed Roth who, while in high
school, failed every subject except
for art and autoshop. At a time
when Cadillacs and Chevys dominated the roadway, Roth felt that
cars should be more unique and
thus set out to create his first hot
rod from the discarded parts of
older automobiles.
In between segments that show
him evolving as an auto enthusiast,
the floating head of Roth—whose
voice is narrated by John Goodman -
conducts comical, post-mortem
interviews with hot rods, such as a
'31 Ford Roadster and a '57 Chevy
Bel Air. The camera fetishises the
cars mournfully as they sit lonely in
autoshows, museums, garages and
on the shoulders of freeways. They
communicate middle-aged nostalgia
for their heydays in the 50s through
voiceovers by stars such as Ann-
Margret and "Stone Cold" Steve
Austin. The film likewise tracks
Roth's development as an artist as
he designs the first customised T-
shirt and out of hatred for Mickey
Mouse designs his infamous Rat
Fink while sitting in a fast food joint.
The film then details Roth's cult status among auto enthusiasts and
reveals a man at odds with his time.
At its best, Tales of the Rat Fink
is a light, humourous, entertaining
documentary that displays honourable intentions with a pleasant,
unassuming tone. The aesthetic
style suits its subject well. It is a
documentary that shuns the pragmatic conventions set by the
National Film Board and decides
that it wants to have fun by giving a
real voice to its cars and splashing
bright colours across the screen.
Mann's intentions, however
innocent they are, do not produce
as disarming a product as he
would like. One of Ed Roth's
biggest contributions to the world,
he claimed, is that he saved
people from the blandness of a
plain, white T-shirt - anyone who
parades around today with pictures of Homestar Runner or Teen
Girl Squad across their chest have
Roth to thank for that. But overall,
if you are not into classic cars, Rat
Fink is not the film that will convert you. The attempts by authorities to crack down on street-racing
through propaganda is interesting, as is Mann's presentation of
Roth as a counter-cultural answer
to 50s conformity, but ultimately
the film does not do for the hot
rod as Mann's Go Further did for
environmentalism and sustainable living. The man who forever
saved the T-shirt from blankness
deserves a place in the historical
record and Mann does that for Ed
"Big Daddy" Roth. Unfortunately,
hot rod is too subjective to spark
the interest of a wider audience;
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by Eric Szeto
Robert Piqkton lived a regular life. He worked a
nine-to-five selling auto-insurance, drove a white
Toyota Tercel and ate three squares a day. He wasn't fond of being around other people all the time,
but people didn't seem to mind. He preferred being
alone actually, and it wasn't because he didn't like
people or people didn't like him, butthafs just what
he liked to do.
Robert had two passions in life. The first was the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
He loved NAFTA because of the trade that it encouraged between Canada/US/Mexico. What a novel
way to help the national GDP grow, he thought
He killed children the same way he did every
year and his plan was quite simple: lure groups
of children into his house while they trick-or-
treated with promises of endless sweets and as
the children—ecstatic from the anticipation-
were in his house, he would round them up in
his basement, tell them to close their eyes for the
big surprise, all while he pulled out his freshly
polished 12-gauge shotgun.
Then BAM! BAMI BAMI He shot each kid in the
Each year the death tally mounted and for many
years he did the same thing. Children went missing
first by the few, then by the dozen, then after a many
years, by the lot Let it be known that Robert did not
after the NAFTA agreement was signed in '92. He
remembered the countless women he conquered,
many of which he could not recall because he was
so incapacitated that blackouts and fuzzy recollections of preceding nights were commonplace. But
of the few memories he did have, he recalled his
love of fornication. Could one his conquests must
have bared his bastard child? Sister Esmeralda, that
cheap dirty whore of a nun?
As he thought about it more, he vaguely recalled
Jorge saying some peculiar things prior to getting
shot in the face, "<Les usted mi padre? La madre djjo
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Film festival more than just about amnesty
by Mary Leighton
From November 2-5, the Amnesty
International Film Festival (AIFF) will take
over Vancouver's Pacific Cinematheque to
present 22 films on important issues facing
the global community. For eleven years now,
the festival has provided Vancouverites with
human rights films by award-winning
Canadian and foreign filmmakers.
Don Wright, festival director, describes the
event as "a space for independent filmmakers
to tell a story that the mainstream media just
isn't interested in hearing." He and other committee members sifted through approximately
one hundred film submissions throughout the
spring and summer.
According to Wright the criteria for the AIFF
are the same as for any other festival.
"We're looking for technical quality," he
said. "Is it well-produced? Does the story hang
together? Is there some aesthetic value to it?
...It's enough to say that there are human rights
violations, but is there a story? Is there someone involved?"
"We try to make sure we have a good variety," he added.
The 22 films on the program practically
define diversity. Geographical locations are
astounding, from Northern British Columbia to
Sri Lanka and Uganda.
Work by local filmmakers gets a special spotlight this year. Bowen Island's Jack Silberman
directed Raised to be Heroes, which documents
Israeli soldiers who refuse to serve in the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip. His film appears on
the Friday night double bill, along with
Breaking Ranks, by Vancouver filmmaker
Michelle Mason. Her film follows four US soldiers seeking sanctuary in Canada as part of
their resistance to the war in Iraq.
Finding Dawn, by Canadian filmmaker
Christine Welsh, takes a journey from
Vancouver's skid row to the "Highway of Tears"
in northern British Columbia to Saskatoon, in
an effort to honour Aboriginal women who
have been murdered or are missing.
Canadian director Ed Martin also stayed
close to home for content. His film, The
Mushuau Innu: Surviving Canada, explores the
desperate living conditions of an Aboriginal
community located on the coast of Labrador,
where houses lack running water and sewage
disposal, and where 90 per cent of the community is alcoholic.
In 1993, the Canadian Human Rights
Commission released a report condemning the
Federal government's treatment of the Innu.
The government's role is part of the reason
Martin felt that the film had to be made. When
the film was produced, he took it to the Senate
in Ottawa.
"We invited every single member of
Parliament to see this film," said Martin. "Not
one showed up. Not one. Not even our own
He expects that the audience in Vancouver
will be shocked. "I hope they're shocked. I hope
they're angry. And I hope they write letters."
For those in search of international fare, the
festival does not disappoint. Total Denial
brings to the screen a precedent-setting lawsuit
against two multinational oil companies building a pipeline through Burma.
Sex Slaves, produced in Canada by filmmaker Rie Esther Bienstock, exposes the brutal
world of sex trafficking, focusing on women
from the former Soviet Bloc. Shelley Saywell,
another Canadian, presents Martyr Street
which traces the history of a street plagued by
violence all the way back to the story of
The festival also includes at least two films
that critique mass media. One of these,
Independent Intervention, promises to be a
popular choice. Director Tonje Schei compares
US media's portrayal of the war in Iraq with
independent reports of brutal realities on the
Schei is not sure how a Vancouver audience
will react to the film, but she said that European
audiences have been "blown away to see how
these huge corporations, like Fox and CNN,
cover the war...and the strict censorship of
information here [in the US]...I don't think the
rest of the world realises what a different war
the American public is seeing."
The responsibility to communicate authentic images of war "is in the hands of independent media, just because you have such few—you
have five corporations that control 80 per cent
of the media," she added.
Schei is one often filmmakers who will be in
attendance for the festival and available after
the screenings for a discussion period. She
hopes that Independent Intervention will spark
"We have had very engaged debates after
[the film]...I'm hoping to have lots of questions."
Don Wright is excited about the aspect of
dialogue at the festival, which he calls "part
of the filmmaking experience"
Wright recommends the Saturday night
triple bill, which features Independent
Intervention as well as two shorts—Blind
Man and (Hate) Machine. All three are
Vancouver premieres. @
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pleased to bring you two socially conscious, progressive,
awesome bands for a concert at UBC: Sweatshop Union
& The Clips - Thursday, Nov 2 Pit Pub Doors @ 8pm.
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Education: Our National Priority
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launched a lobbying campaign. Education: Our National Priority will run from September 2006
until March 2007 and there are ways for you to get involved.
Website Contest: "After graduation, what do you hope to contribute to Canadian society?"
By taking just a few minutes students can answer the online question and be automatically
entered into the contest. Winners will be selected each month with different prizes being
announced as the contest continues.
Put your foot on Parliament Hill
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biggest challenge on your path to achieving your goals through post-secondary education?"The
footprints are being collected to create a map of Canada on Parliament Hill on November 7th.
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60 years and counting
Can you put a price on a person's
individual rights? The current
Conservative government seems
to think so, at least when it comes
to war bride children and lost
Canadians. Because of residual
impacts of the antiquated
Citizenship Act of 1947—legislation which in fact is no longer in
use today—these social groups
continue to be denied their rightful citizenship. And in spite of the
fact that this law has been recognised as legally unjust several
times in the past, the Tories still
find the ruling worth supporting.
Canada's Citizenship Act has
undergone serious revisions since
1947. Back then, children whose
fathers emigrated to other countries had their own citizenship
revoked, and have since been
lumped together under the rather
hopeless demographic title of 'lost
Canadians.' War bride children,
whose fathers were Canadian servicemen but whose mothers were
foreign, were also denied citizenship if they weren't born in
Canada. Many of these individuals, however, were actually born
here and still denied citizenship.
Frustrating, eh?
While this problematic legisla
tion was rectified in 1977, its revisions weren't retroactive, leaving
a significant number of people,
born and raised in Canada,
unrecognised by their own government. Even when the new legislation was re-enacted in 2005,
the government lacked the political will to enforce and subsequently grant these people what they'd
deserved for decades.
The effects of this may seem
irrelevant to our generation, but
they occur even in our own backyard. Just last year, a student
was forced to pay international
fees to attend UBC because her
father was a lost Canadian. UBC
took the initiative to exempt her
from this for the following year
but the fact remains that this
obselete law from 60 years ago
is still affecting us today, which
frankly, is ridiculous.
More appalling still have been
the actions taken by the Tory government to counter the court challenges of Joe Taylor, a 61 year-old
war bride child. Taylor, who spent
most of his savings to fight the
federal government over the past
four years, had his court ruling
appealed by the feds after a federal court judge ruled his denial was
unconstitutional and contravened
the Charter of Rights. The
Conservative government, rather
than grant Joe Taylor his citizenship, appealed the decision
because they claimed that it
would cost the government billions of dollars. If they allowed Joe
Taylor to become a citizen, the
floodgates would have opened for
thousands to rightfully demand
their citizenship as well. Their
bald-faced legal dodging, based as
it was on alleged financial concerns, is a clear example of self-
serving government action, if
ever there was one.
Critics feel that their estimate
had been inflated exorbitantly
and rightly so. No proof has been
provided to the public about the
economic implications of granting these individuals their national identity. More disheartening
is the fact that the government
openly put a price on the rights
of an individual.
To be fair, the Conservative
government is far from the only
party responsible for neglecting
the needs of these people. The past
13 years of Liberal leadership didn't amount to anything either.
Neither government have taken
real steps to fix a serious problem
that runs back more than half a
century, and it will continue to
stagnate until someone has the
gusto to fight for what these people rightfully deserve.
From the plaintiffs' point of
view, the real issues at stake here
are national identity, access to
health care, charter rights and a
pension. And just as these valuable assets are what drive them to
pursue their real standing in this
country, they are, in all likelihood,
the very same costly benefits the
government, whether Liberal or
Conservative, would simply never
make the extra effort to recognise.
The effects are still being felt
by an astonishingly high number
of people. Though there is no real
certainty as to the actual numbers, it has been estimated that
there are up to 250,000 lost
Canadians and 67,000 war bride
children in Canada who have all
suffered the wrath of this garbage
law from 1947.
Rather than waste more taxpayer money on appeals, wouldn't
the practical, if not ethical, thing to
do be to just grant these people
their fundamental rights and give
them a place to call home? @
What's the best Halloween costume you've seen this year?
—Stephanie Lee
Nursing, 2
Princess. Oh, and
someone was a
—Natalie Ord
History, 4
"Max from Where
The Wild Things
—Philip Amos
Arts, 3
"I saw a few good
ones on the bus on
Friday. I saw a kid
dressed up as a
—Dmitry Mebel
Biochemistry, 2
"I saw one guy
wearing a blanket
over his head.
Maybe he was
—Kim Bosch
Creative Writing,
"The Black Eyed
Peas—they were
kids dressed up as
peas, with their
eyes blacked out."
—Coordinated by Mary Leighton and Oker Chen
The cosmopolitan nature of
international law
by Patrick Bruskiewich
We Canadians must act as good Samaritans.
We owe it to our fellow citizens and we owe
it to the rest of the world. Our Parliament is
one of the few institutions that can make a
difference in the world. The courage and
dedication of those who serve our
Parliament is noteworthy. The world turns
to countries like Canada and its ship of
state, our Parliament, for humanitarian
assistance. When the good offices of our
Parliament can act, as it often does, the
world is made a better place.
On more than one occasion I have been
described as a gentleman diplomat, someone who believes in the cosmopolitan
nature of International Law, as expressed
by our new President in a recent speech to
the Vancouver Institute. I am a naval
reserve officer on the inactive service list
and over the past two decades, I have assisted on relief efforts for the children of
Chernobyl, provided advice on the appointment of Mr Lewis as Canadian Ambassador
to the UN, and worked on matters relating
to arms control and the Law of the Sea.
In the spring of 1999,1 was asked to lend
council on matters relating to the genocide
then occurring in Yugoslavia. I argued that
Canada has a responsibility to protect the non-
combatant, that conventional diplomacy had
failed and that it was time for diplomacy by
other means. I was invited to go to Sarajevo to
act as an observer for Parliament but declined
the invitation suggesting instead that our
Parliament follow the advice of Major General
Lewis MacKenzie who was then in Sarajevo.
The concerted actions by the international
community lead by Louise Arbour brought an
end to the genocide in the former Yugoslavia
and the establishment of new legal principles,
the Canadian definition of which is known as
"the responsibility to protect."
On more than one occasion I have
expressed a sadness of what come about
from the APEC riot. Had the good offices of
our Parliament been in position to act,
some of the 1,300 people who died in East
Timor in the summer of 1999 would not
now be buried in the cold earth, forgotten
by the world. As a good Samaritan I cannot
forget them.
It was not enough having rioted at the
APEC conference; the same students then
held our Parliament to ransom during the
Hughes Inquiry. There is a certain hypocrisy
to first criticising Parliament for inaction and
then doing whatever was possible to prevent
our Parliament from acting, thinking the ends
justifies the means.
Given the comments of Mr Alatas, the former Indonesian Ambassador to the United
Nations, written up in the New York Times
article of 17th August, it is evident that had the
good offices of our Parliamentbeen in a better
position to assist, hundreds of lives would
have been saved in East Timor.
It was not a proper and judicious decision for UBC to have graduated these rioting students, particularly those whom
Justice Hughes deemed having been
detained with cause. One of these students
is looking for a job in Quantum Computing
at UBC. How does the university think this
will be perceived by the rest of the World. I
think a shovel and some back-breaking
reconstruction work in East Timor would
teach this young man some humility. UBC
can make amends by granting scholarships
to orphaned students from East Timor
instead of offering jobs to APEC rioters.
UBC can take another positive step forward by hosting a conference in 2007 on
Canada and its forty-year commitment to
the Vienna Convention. Signed by President
Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev in 1961,
the Vienna Convention was ratified by
Lester Pearson and his Parliament in 1966.
The convention is today one of the foundations of diplomacy between nations.
—by Patrick Bruskiewich
PhD Student Physics and Astronomy  12
Tuesday, 31 October, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
20      43
(4-4) (8-0)
1st Downs  YDS     PEN
C/ATT    YDS      TD
22/37    299
Injury depleted T-Birds can't tame undefeated Bisons
Thunderbirds finish season third in Canada West, will now face Saskatchewan in semifinals
by Boris Korby
Entering Friday night's football
game, UBC was assured of at least
the fourth and final playoff spot in
the Canada West finals. And after
the injury bug ripped apart the
Thunderbirds lineup last weekend
in a final minute, 30-27 loss in
Calgary, UBC head coach Ted Goveia
wisely decided to rest a number of
his starters for Friday night's mean-
nothing game against the 7-0
Manitoba Bisons.
With a lineup dotted with underclassmen, the T-Birds managed to
take a 14-0 lead on fourth-year punt
returner Derek Townsend's 79-yard
return seven minutes into the first
But ultimately, UBC's second
stringers were no match for the
Bisons, who rolled over the
Thunderbirds for a 43-20 victory,
sending the T-Birds to their second
consecutive loss, and capping off the
Bisons' first undefeated season in
four years.
"At the end of the day, I think the
one thing that was clear was that
their number ones are a little bit better than our number twos," said
UBC head coach Ted Goveia.
UBC's offence was missing the
likes of Canada West leading rusher
Chris Ciezki and team receiving
leader Darren Wilson, who were
both out for precautionary reasons
after getting roughed up the week
before in Calgary.
"Some of the guys could've
went, but we kept them out. There
wasn't any sense [to playing them].
We were in the playoffs [already],"
C/ATT    YDS      TD
17/25   299
HOLD ON TIGHT: UBC's depleted lineup was brought down by Manitoba Friday night in their regular
Blake          7            43
said Goveia. "We [also] wanted to
play a lot of freshmen today and we
did. We needed to see from those
guys what they could do, and some
of them stepped up and some of
them didn't, but we need to see that
Fifth-year UBC quarterback Blake
Smelser played his final game at
Thunderbird Stadium in the loss,
throwing for 299 yards and rushing
for 43 more on seven carries.
"Blake played exceptionally
well. He hung in there and took
some tough shots...it's something
to build on down the road," said
Smelser will be looking to
extend his UBC career next weekend as the T-Birds begin the playoffs by traveling to Saskatoon to
face the Saskatchewan Huskies in
a battle of the second and third
place teams in Canada West. The
Thunderbirds will be seeking
revenge against last year's Canada
West Champions and Vanier Cup
finalists after narrowly losing in
Saskatoon on September 23 by a
score of 3 5-33. The Huskies (6-2),
who have ousted the Thunderbirds
from the Canada West semifinals
the last two years in a row by
scores of 39-0 ('04) and 32-6 ('05),
will be looking to extend UBC's six
year playoff victory drought. @
Canada West Standings:   W   L
CAR     YDS     TD      LG
Simon Fraser
Karim         14        144
Tyler         IQ         101
19   1
4 4
2 6
0    8
University of British Columbia
Following up on the results of the
University Boulevard International
Architectural Competition in
April 2005, this highly anticipated
project is now in the design phase
and construction is scheduled to
begin in the summer of 2007.
Come out and meet the architects
to learn more and give us your views
on how the design is proceeding.
We look forward to seeing you there!  jjjtr
For more information please contact
Norman Sippert at 604.827.3500 or by
email at norman.sippert@ubc.ca
Architectural Competition Winning Submission - Concept Drawing
WHEN: Monday November 6th
2:00pm - 6:00pm
WHERE:  Student Union Building
Main Concourse - North End
6138 Student Union Boulevard
UBC's Emerging Community


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