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THE UBYSSEY
Vol.LXXXVIII N°46
A CHEAP KNOCK-OFF?
Yeah, and it's called UBC SoundOff.
Page 3
www.ubyssey.bc.ca
DANCING AIDS AWAY
Museum of Anthropology mask exhibit examines
the epidemic in Malawi. Page 6
Tuesday, 20 March, 2007
T-BIRDS FALL FLAT
Thunderbirds face fourth failure at the CIS
Men's National Basketball Championships.
Page 15
Butt out or get out, says BC government
On-campus tobacco
sales will be included
in ban
by Eric Szeto
CUP WESTERN BUREAU CHIEF
VANCOUVER (CUP)-If the pro-
vinical government's recently
proposed anti-smoking legislation
passes, the prospect of lighting up
in designated indoor areas will be
going up in smoke by 2008.
Amendments to the Tobacco
Sales Act, modelled after similar
laws in England and Ireland, also
include a tobacco sales ban at public universities and colleges, provincial buildings and public athletic and recreational facilities.
"It's about protecting public
health, particularly young people
and their exposure to it," said Sarah Plank, media relations for the
Ministry of Health.
BC Health Minister George
Abbott made the announcement
March 6.
McGill University, Dalhousie
University, and the University of
Toronto are a few of the Canadian
schools to have already banned the
sale of tobacco on their campuses.
The legislation will also curtail
the use of "power walls," or large
SMOKED OUT: New legislation will push smokers further from doors, will miller photo
in-store displays of tobacco products, and force retailers to conceal
related products, including lighters
with tobacco brand displays, under
the counter. Smoking will also be
banned from doorways, windows
and air intakes.
Derrick Harder, president of
the Simon Fraser Student Society,
which represents 24,000 undergraduate students, suspects that
the new measures will discourage
people from seeking out cigarettes.
But BC's smoking population is already so low that the effects would
be negligible, he added.
see "Smoking"page 2.
Students wait
three months
for final grades
This wasn't a case of
irresponsibility, says
associate dean of students
by Colleen Tang
NEWS EDITOR
Lingusitics students are wondering
why it has taken so long to receive
their final marks from last term.
For the past three months, students in Linguistics 316 and 447
have waited an unusually long period for the results of their marks,
and it wasn't until last week when
they finally received them.
When students inquired as to
why itwas taking so long, they were
informed by teaching assistant
Donald Derrick that the professor
for the courses Guy Carden spent
approximately 57 hours marking
their final exams.
However, according to Faculty
of Arts Associate Dean (Students)
John Xiros Cooper, it wasn't a case
of irresponsibility but rather, "[The
professor] in this particular case,
he was a scrupulous man." Carden,
see "Marking"page 2.
AMS JobLink decides to call it quits
HURRAY: No more filing for part-time jobs, oker chen photo
by Brandon Adams
NEWS EDITOR
Students looking for advice on resumes, interviews, and callbacks
will have to look elsewhere starting May 1 as the AMS's JobLink
service has decided to close shop
after more than 20 years.
Alma Mater Society's (AMS)
JobLink service's duties, which
include helping a couple hundred
of students with employment-related questions each year, will be
divided up between several other
campus services such as Volunteer Connections and UBC Career
Services.
"We provide free career and
job-seeking type services to students, so we do stuff like one-on-
one resume, interview, and cover-
letter consultations," said Claudia
Li, AMS JobLink coordinator.
JobLink also posts part-time positions on CareersOnline, run the
casual labour registry in the summer and help organise the AMS
Job Fair, she added.
The decision to end the JobLink
serivce, explained Li, was made
for efficiency reasons and because
of the overlap with UBC Career Services. Both JobLink and Career Services provide one-on-one advice regarding resumes, cover-letter, and
interviews. JobLink also posted its
part-time job listings to CareersOnline, a job listing site run by UBC
Career Services.
"It creates a lot of inefficiencies
in our office. What I realised this
year was that it makes more sense
for UBC [Career Services] to handle
all the job postings," said Li, "UBC
students don't care who's doing
the postings as long as someone
is doing [it] and it ends up on CareersOnline. So for us to be doing
it and spending so much money on
it is incredibly wasteful."
With the cut, the AMS will be
able to divert the approximately
$19,000 used to run Job link into
other student services.
The bulk of JobLink's services
will be taken over by UBC Career
Services, explained Li, while the
Internship Program run byJobLink
will be shifted to AMS Volunteer
Connections, which will likely assume a new name.
While all of JobLink's services
are offered free of charge, Career
Services will continue charging for
some services, including $5 for
one-on-one consultations. Li explained that while the AMS pushed
Career Services to offer these services free of cost, she believed that
they would be unable to due to the
University's recent deficits.
Sherrie Myers, mentoring project manager at UBC Career Services, was positive about taking on
some of JobLink's responsibilites.
"We're excited about it, and it's
greatthatwe'llbe posting part-time
jobs for students because it's a service that's required on campus,"
said Myers. "We can easily take it
on and wrap it into what we do...
from our perspective we're totally
excited about it and we're working
out the details."
Despite the loss of the service,
AMS President Jeff Friedrich was
also upbeat about the changes.
Friedrich explained that the change
would create savings for the AMS
and allow them to focus their efforts on a rejuvinated volunteering
and recruitment office.
"I think it's good," said Fried-
see"Joblink"page2.
Between the sheets: Vonnegut's insight, smoking in the streets, and sexy, sexy Mr. Dion News
Tuesday, 20 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
Gov't hopes de-marketing will end smoking
"Smoking" continued from page 1.
National trends show that smoking in Canada has steadily been decreasing since 1999. According to
the Tobacco Control Programme
Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring
Survey, 21 per cent of the population aged 15 to 24 were smokers in
2006, compared to 26 per cent in
1999. In BC, about 15 per cent of
people between the ages of 15 and
24 smoke.
"It'll make the smokers cranky,
without question," Harder said. "I
know a couple of people up here
and they are already annoyed
[about] the places they can't smoke
on campus."
UBC has already been heading
in that direction. Kent Ashby, UBC
legal counsel, said that UBC was
already busy preparing to implement many of the government's
recommendations before the announcement. "We didn't know
that the government was going to
come out with an announcement,"
he said.
Richard Pollay, a marketing
professor at UBC's Sauder School
of Business, said that the gradual
de-marketing of cigarettes can only
help to achieve a societal goal of
eradicating smoking.
"When you're de-marketing,
and that's what the public is trying to do, you put warnings on the
package that de-glamourise the
package, you tax it to increase the
prices, you control distribution and
the advertising activity," he said.
"It's not rocket science, it's fewer
sales than if you had a lot of advertising," he added. "But it takes time
for the market to shrink."
Universities and colleges, Pol-
lay continued, have been sending
students mixed messages by having tobacco products available to
them on campus.
Reuben Lindenbaum, a first-
year UBC student, feels the new
anti-smoking laws violate his
rights as a smoker. "It doesn't
make me feel good," he said. "Not
so much." @
Despite loss of service, prez remains upbeat
"JobLink"continued from page 1.
rich, "We see it as a real win-
win—the University is still going
to be providing a good service
that we've been at the forefront in
developing and now we're going
to refocus our energy into other
places."
AMS and UBC Career Services
have already signed onto a memorandum of understanding. The
motion to close JobLink, however, is not until the next AMS
meeting.
"Some [AMS] councillors were
concerned whether UBC Career
Services could maintain the same
level of services for student even
with JobLink gone.
"Frankly, I think it's the councillors' job to pressure the University to ensure that these types of
services are free and that there
are enough career councillors to
meet students' needs," said Li in
closing,
"We should encourage UBC to
improve the services they provide rather than sink more AMS
money into a service that is redundant." @
Potential grad students may be left in the dark
"Marking"continued from page 1.
he added, is known to take his
time marking to ensure that
proper marks are given to his
students. He added that this is
the first time that something like
this has happened.
Currently professors are given a deadline of seven business
days to submit their final marks
from the date of a final exam,
and five business days if it is on
the last day of the examination
period. Approximately 80 per
cent of professors submit grades
within seven business days, and
95 per cent submit grades within
eight to nine business days, leav-
"This is probably why
I'm very serious on
this"she said. "We've
really been working
hard..'.'
John Xiros Cooper
Faculty of Arts
Associate Dean (Students)
ing approximately five per cent
that go beyond nine business
days, said Cooper.
A email letter written by Angelina Tsang on behalf of Linguistics 316 students to Cooper
stated that there were "serious
concerns amongst the students
about the delay in regards to
marking assignments and exams." The final exam was written
December 9 and the letter was
sent out March 7.
"The situation has not only
caused frustration amongst our
class members, but many students are faced with difficulties
in their application for graduate school due to incomplete
grades," the letter said.
"I feel really bad that this is
happening," said Nancy Gallini,
Dean of Arts, who added that she
was already addressing this matter before the mass email was
sent to her.
The next step now is to prevent this from reoccurring, especially at the end of this term,
she said.
"This is probably why I'm
very serious on this," she said.
"We've really been working hard
to improve the experience for
the students and the learning
environment for the students,"
she said.
Cooper said that there are
currently no mechanisms in
place to enforce their policies.
"We really leave it to the honour
system," said Cooper.
"We're looking for some
way of getting a result because
it was hanging up some of the
students...because they're making applications to grad school
and they're graduating," said
Cooper.
"I realise no matter what
you're doing for the students if
you don't have the bare essentials like their grades it's going
to dwarf everything else we're
doing," said Gallini.
Gallini said that after speaking to the students and the professor about the matter she is
confident that this won't happen
again.
Professor Carden could not
be reached for comment. @
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THE UBYSSEY
Tuesday, 20 March, 2006
VoLLXXXVIII N°46
Editorial Board
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Kellan Higgins was a truck driver who had connections to His
Majesty Oker Chen. One morning Alison Bailey was invited to
Meghan Roberts palace to meet the King, but that was a no go
because Eric Szeto felt the need to havethings hisway. "Fetch
me George Prior at once!" screamed Candice Valentin. It was a
Victor Liang moment as Michelle Moore was hit by the closet
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Champagne Choquer to letdown her hair. Paul Bucci objected,
"Hey,that's MY hair!" "Sinee when do YOU know a barber?" said
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Ivan Wu off, and maybe Boris Korby's head with it!" Andrew
MacRae snickered. Things were going just as planned by the
genius Matthew Jewkes. But where was Kasha Chang? Her
entrance with Eva Lillquist was vital! Sam Jung took her place,
but unfortunately Momoko Price was not an adequate replacement for Alia Dharssi, so when Colleen Tang came into Lucas
Johnson's slaughterhouse, the effect on Humaira Hamid was
not as desired. Jack Smith and Peter Warren's reaction was epic:
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Press Number 0040878022 THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 20 March, 2007
News
cGeers go ga-ga with great gadgets
Integrated Engineering
students create mechanisms
bridging to the wider world
by Jack Hind Smith
NEWS WRITER
UBC Integrated Engineering students showcased their talents at
the Integrated Engineering Program (IGEN) Project Showcase
Night last Thursday.
Featured that night were an
automated box opener, an air-hog,
a variable intensity break-light
system, a jump assistance mechanism, and a blown-up landing pad,
among other projects.
Founded in 2000, UBC's IGEN
program is the country's biggest,
and one of two Integrated Engineering programs in Canada.
While interdisciplinary programs have become popular in
other faculties such as Arts and
Science, they have been slow to
take hold within the realm of Engineering. Scott Dunbar, program
director since 2000, sees IGEN as
an essential addition to the UBC
curriculum.
"One of the problems with Engineering is that it doesn't always
connect well to society," he said.
Integrated Engineering, with its
emphasis on experiential learning,
thinking across disciplines, project
management and communication
skills, seeks to bridge this gap.
Students in IGEN have created
dozens of projects ranging disciplines such as Electronics, Materials and Fluid Dynamics. Masoud
Safarian, student organiser of the
Project Showcase Night, said that
"Our guys, [they] do the whole
cross platform."
IGEN students and avid skaters
Eric Fung and Cassie Borsky created with their teammates, a wireless jump assistance mechanism
that gives skaters practice leaps, an
assisted jump and more air time.
After having practiced with
an old pully device that required
tremendous effort on the part of
their aging coaches, Borsky explained that both he and Fung
wanted to create a device that
would "lessen the impact on their
aging coaches' backs."
Another team of students, after
CHOP CHOP: Integrated Sciences student Kyle Forbes cuts outside the box. oker chen photo
watching a friend suffer a skiing
accident two years ago, created a
blown-up landing pad. The device
is designed to optimise a release
mechanism that would reduce the
chance of injury.
Other than sharing IGEN's
success with the larger UBC community, Safarian was pointed out
that Thursday night's event was
also geared towards familiarising  the   program  with   industry
representatives.
According to Dunbar, many
Engineering firms are becoming
more interested in the program,
especially considering its emphasis on oral presentation and
communications, two realms of
Engineering that many employers
often lament as a weak point for
many grads.
Many of the students who are
drawn to IGEN tend to be entre
preneurial in their outlook, a skill
that apparently serves them well,
considering that all of Integrated
Engineering's current students are
already employed.
Dunbar said that neither he nor
any of the other professors gathered in UBC's Life Sciences Atrium
have had anything to do with the
projects.
"The fun is at the boundary of
disciplines," he said.®
Chinese-Cuban
generals' book
sparks criticism
Emotions ran high at a recent presentation of Pathfinder Press' Our
History is Still Being Written: The
Story of three Chinese-Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution, as
members of the Spartacus Youth
Club fired criticisms at the publishing company last week.
The book tells of the struggles
of three Chinese-Cuban generals,
Armando Choy, Gustavo Chui and
Moises Sio Wong, who fought in
the Cuban revolution against the
Batista regime.
Choy was scheduled to appear
at the Vancouver Public Library
and UBC last week to tell his story
as part of his cross-Canada tour,
but was held back by the project
he is heading for the clean-up,
conservation, and development of
Havana Bay.
At the UBC Asian Centre on
March 12, Spartacus members
condemned Pathfinder Press's support for Cuban leader Fidel Castro,
describing him as not truly socialist and criticising his allowance of
the Pope into the country.
The company "uncritically
hail[s] Castro," who, by allowing
the Pope into the country, was
"bring[ing[ back Catholicism,"
said Spartacus member Angie
Swangon. She adds that "socialist
[revolutionaries should] be able to
arm themselves."
Mary Alice Waters, president of
Pathfinder Press and editor of Our
History is Still Being Written, felt that
the group members were grouping
Cuba, the Soviet Union, and China
together due to their successful socialist revolutions. She maintained
that Cuba is very different from
China and the Soviet Union, and
that group members should differentiate between the countries.
Audience members reacted visibly while Spartacus members read
pre-written speeches calling for
international socialist revolution
during the question and answer
portion of the presentation.
"Socialist revolution is the only
solution," said Swanson.
"History written below by people
who lived that history [is] different
from that written above," said UBC
history professor Henry Yu.@
—Meghan Roberts
UBC takes steps towards accessible medicines, research on neglected diseases
by Colleen Tang
NEWS EDITOR
UBC students and staff are continuing in their efforts to create a university patent policy that will make
biomedical research and medicines more accessible and available to the developing world.
Following a motion passed by
the Alma Mater Society (AMS) at the
end of the last school year to support the goals of Universities Allied
for Essential Medicines (UAEM),
members of the AMS and UAEM
met with UBC President Stephen
Toope, VP Research John Hepburn,
and legal counsel to discuss putting promises into practice.
At the meeting, they discussed
the prospect of making UBC research on essential medicines such
as drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics
more accessible to "low and middle
income countries" as well as focusing efforts on diseases for which
research is often lacking.
"[UAEM's motives are] to include access licensing in all of
their licenses to UBC technology
and then the other was to adapt the
current metrics to monitor global
impact as opposed to strictly financial-gain licenses," said UAEM
President Patricia Kretz adding
that there are no regulations on
access licensing—an allowance for
research to be directed towards
the benefit of society as a whole—
and that it is unlikely it will be
regulated unless a researcher requests it specifically.
Members of UAEM used the
Philadelphia Consensus Statement
(PCS) as a basis for UBC's policies.
Inspired by the PCS, UAEM aims
to "include access licensing in all
of their licenses to UBC technology
and then the other was to adapt the
current metrics to monitor global
impact as opposed to strictly financial-gain licenses," Kretz said.
Hepburn said that UBC is already doing this on an informal
level for some cases.
"There have been several cases
where it's been part of the agreement with intellectual property
that there be this non-exclusive
license so if the patent holder,
which is us, UBC, [can reserve]
the work to license to low-income
countries."
The University promised to re
convene with a decision. This may
come in a number of forms. Angus
Livingstone, managing director of
the Industry Liaison Office, will
provide a proposal.
Hepburn said that the University will most likely write a statement of principles "[making] it
clear to people that these are the
principles that we believe in and
this is how we will practice our
intellectual property protection licensing arrangements."
Countering pharmaceutical
companies' concerns about losing profit, said Kretz, the low to
middle income countries only take
up seven per cent of the market
who cannot currently afford the
medications.
"If you suddenly have a large
group of people who can afford
the medications even at a lower
cost, they still stand to make money off of it."
Robert Brunham, executive
provincial director for the UBC
Centre for Disease Control, sees a
gap in the global health agenda as
a barrier to this proposal. Hence,
fact-finding and policy analysis
needs to continue in order to move
forward.
"I think in terms of practicality,
how to bridge the private sector
role in producing these medications with making them affordable
for the developing world," he said.
"I think that's where trying to
understand the relationship between the profit model, the makers of these models and the sort
of humanitarian motives with
having it available, will most benefit from them is the area where
I think there is a common ground
there between the humanists, and
the ethicist, and the health care
profession, and probably the economist to kind of find out what is in
the common public good and how
a solution can [be] found."
Another barrier that comes
along with this proposal is funding. According to Hepburn, ten
per cent of the research funding
comes from the industry, and 90
per cent comes from non-industrial parties such as government
funding agencies and medical
charities, both of which receive
money from the public.
According to Jillian Clare Cohen, assistant professor in the Fac
ulty of Pharmacy at the University
of Toronto, pharmaceutical companies are blocking access to essential medicines.
"There are a multitude of reasons why the poor do not have
good access to medicines," she
said. "One is money, inadequate
healthcare infrastructure and the
reality is that the private sector
does not focus their investments
in research and development on
neglected disease."
"Clearly the pharmaceutical industry needs the right incentives
for prioritising neglected disease,"
she said. "Governments and international organisations have a major role to play here."
UAEM will now focus on the Canadian Research Institute.
"We are exploring ideas for how
we can provide incentives for researchers who are doing neglected
diseases research," said Kretz, adding they are considering looking to
the federal government to achieve
the PCS goals as well.
UAEM, AMS and University
representatives will meet again in
two weeks time to discuss Livingstone's recommendation. @ News
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by Humaira Hamid
NEWS WRITER
UBC students, faculty, and transients alike finally have an accessible outlet through which to
express themselves with SoundOff,
a medium designed to reach everyone from UBC administration to
the general public.
Nestled snuggly beside the
OutPost in the Student Union
Building (SUB), SoundOff is UBC's
very own Speaker's Corner-inspired video booth providing people a chance to share their views
on campus life and all things
university-related.
A collaborative venture between the University Town project
and VP Students Brian Sullivan,
with contributions from the AMS
of UBC, SoundOff was launched in
December 2006, aiming to create
a sense of community using a new
media outlet
"UBC need[ed] to provide people with an opportunity to share
ideas with other students and the
administration, as well as the community at large," said Brad Foster,
manager   of communications   of
University Town.
Taking into consideration our
generation's extensive involvement with online networking,
Foster explained that they "wanted
to explore with new media a technology that would bring everyone
closer together."
The result was a medium based
on sharing streaming videos online, with all clips readily accessible at soundoff.ubc.ca, the project's official website.
Sarah Naiman, AMS VP Administration, is optimistic about the
impact this project will have on
student life, and encourages students to use what we've been given
to its full potential.
"You'll hear people frustrated
because the university doesn't
listen, so when we're given the
opportunity to voice our opinions we should use it; if we don't,
we obviously can't expect to be given any more [in the future]."
Since little funding was available to market the project, strategic placement in the bustling SUB
and dependence on word-of-mouth
were the main publicity methods
for the kiosk during the past three
months.
This open format reflects
SoundOff's inevitable evolution,
Naiman said.
"You don't really know what
this will turn into a few years down
the road."
SoundOff, still in its baby stages, is sure to see a lot of changes
down the road as people start
to discover it. Participants have
used it to relay comments,
rants, or random blurbs more
for entertainment than anything
else, and student groups such as
UBC TV have already taken advantage of its reach to a potentially
massive audience, having posted
five segments to date.
Submitted videos suffer no content manipulation or censorship—
though those littered with profanity and personal slander don't
make the cut—and entries are only
edited for a clean start and stop to
the video.
The SoundOff website has commenting and voting options and
allow for an open dialogue once
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Fluids flow at Pit Pub
On March 15, Pit Pub workers and
Thornley roadies got quite the surprise when a fire sprinkler head
burst. The burst set off fire alarms
throughout the Student Union
Building (SUB), forcing students to
leave the building.
Firefighters quickly arrived and
shut off the offending water line,
but not before much of the Pit Pub
had been flooded with about an
inch of water.
Fortunately for Thornley and
Social Code fans, the show went
ahead despite the deluge. @ THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 20 March, 2007
News & National
Montrealers
protest against
police brutality
by Jesse Rosenfeld
CUP QUEBEC BUREAU CHIEF
MONTREAL (CUP)-About 500 people gathered in Montreal on March
15 as part of the International Day
Against Police Brutality.
According to police, 15 people
were arrested: four will be charged
with arson, one with assaulting a
police officer, one with mischief
and nine with illegal assembly.
The march wound through the
predominantly working-class immigrant neighbourhood of Cote-
des-Neiges, and stopped where
Mohamed-Anas Bennis was killed
by two Montreal police officers in
December 2005.
Police have said the shooting
was in self-defence after an officer was stabbed in the leg and
the neck, but they have not made
public any evidence of a wound
or knife. The have also released
few of the autopsy's findings. The
Coalition Opposed to Police Brutality has demanded a full public
inquiry and the disclosure of police evidence.
"There have been 3 7 people
killed [by police] in the past 20
years in Montreal, that's way too
many," Kerre King from the COPB
told the crowd. "They're doing
this with complete impunity and
they're getting away with it and we
can't let them do this."
The coalition also demanded
an end to police crackdowns at
political protests, an end to police
harassment of homeless people
and squeegee kids, and an end to
racial profiling. Montreal police
were condemned in a 2006 United
Nations report for the use of mass
arrests during demonstrations.
Women's organisations in
Montreal also called for people to
attend the protest in response to
a violent police crackdown at the
March 8 International Women's
Day demonstration.
"We were directly the victims
of police brutality and the police
acted with impunity. We have
asked there to be an investigation and action from Mayor [Gerald] Tremblay and Premier [Jean]
Charest/'said Dolores Chew from
Women of Diverse Origins.
"I am [at] today's demonstration today because in 2003 I was in
Quebec [City] for a demonstration
against the Charest government. It
was my first political demonstration and I got shot in the face with
a tear-gas bomb from three metres
away," said Sherbrooke CEGEP student Rene Ouelette. "I spent two
weeks in the hospital [as a result]."
The demonstration was followed by police helicopters and
numerous vans filled with riot
squads. A few of the marchers
broke the windows of several
telephone booths and a bus shelter, and destroyed a McDonald's
sign. Several participants spray-
painted another McDonald's and
broke the windows of some local
businesses.
The march has been held in
Montreal for several years, and
has ended in arrests each time.
Thirty-three people were arrested
last year. @
Conservative funding a !con job/ Dion says
Liberal leader promises $3.1 billion for education if elected
by Eric Szeto
CUP WESTERN BUREAU CHIEF
VANCOUVER (CUP)-The Conservative government's recent funding surge is the "ultimate con job,"
said Liberal leader Stephane Dion,
calling it a blatant attempt to buy
votes ahead of an election.
"Why is it only now that we
are seeing a flurry of announcements—announcements that are,
for the most part, simply partially
replacing funding they cut one
year ago? Does Mr Harper
really think Canadians are so
easily fooled?" Dion asked at a
Vancouver Board of Trade event
on March 13.
"By cancelling programs and
then repackaging [them] as new,
the Conservatives are . . . stealing
what belongs to you, and then selling it back to you."
He said multi-billion dollar
environmental partnership programs that involve renewable energy incentives or transit funding
are among many Liberal initiatives the Conservative government
has re-announced and claimed as
their own since the beginning of
the year.
He also said that instead of
following through with the $3.1
billion the Liberals proposed
for education in the last election,
the Conservative government
cut funding for post-secondary
education by more than 70 per
cent.
Minor additions, like a tax credit on textbooks to a maximum of
$80 a year, said Dion, are the only
things that the currentgovernment
has offered as compensation.
70 BUCKS A PLATE? Dion says Tories are repackaging axed programs during pricy Pan Pacific
breakfast, oker chen photo
"They cut new funding for
research by more than 70 per
cent. Research granting councils,
the heart of Canada's innovation
slashed. Indirect costs of research
for universities slashed," Dion
said.
"You will have to look hard
to find another country in the
world that is cutting research
funding," he continued. "We need
to do more to ensure that UBC
and Simon Fraser University are
international research centres,
not less."
Dion, who labelled Harper's
education cuts 'a demonstrated
lack of vision,' said that if the
Liberals were elected they would
commit to the money they allocated in the last election—including
$2.9 billion to help post-secondary
students pay for tuition fees.
"We have a plan to help students pay for their tuition fees, 50
per cent of tuition the first year
and 50 per cent the last year," he
said. "I'm committing myself today to invest the same."
Dion also tackled skepticism about Canada being able to
meet the first phase of the Kyoto
Protocol targets in 2012, saying
that everyone "should stop trying
to argue with the target and start
trying to reach it."
The Vancouver Board of Trade
called on Dion to take action
against crime, hoping to get a plan
to handle the growing problem
out of the Liberals. The United
Nations International Crime Victims Survey of 17 industrialised
countries named Canada high-risk
for violent crimes—worse than the
US, where the violent crime rate
has dropped since 1999.
Dion said that he would be
announcing a tough and smart
approach to attacking crime while
visiting Toronto March 14. "We
need to start with prevention
to catch criminals before the act,
and after we need to have meaningful sentencing and you need to
care for the victims and rehabilitate. It's a full holistic approach,"
he said.
"Like so many other areas,
when it comes to getting tough
on crime the Prime Minister puts
politics and headlines ahead of
good effective policy which actually meets the challenge.
"He talks the talk but does not
walk the walk. @
Green cars take stage at Montreal Auto Show
But popularity will likely he slow in coming, says car company vice-president
by Thierry Harris
THE CONCORDIAN (CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY)
MONTREAL (CUP)-In the far
reaches of this year's Montreal
Auto Show, visitors could catch a
glimpse of the fuel-efficient cars of
the future. The section, called "On
Route to a greener future," featured new electric, hybrid, and bio
diesel cars from Hydro Quebec,
Honda, Toyota, GM, and Ford, and
concept cars with names such as
Silence and Zenn.
The section was created by
Natural Resources Canada and
the Montreal Automobile Dealers Corporation to encourage
carmakers to promote their fuel-
efficient models.
Toyota's Prius, a gas-electric
hybrid car, won the Energuide
prize, given to the most economical vehicles in their respective categories, in the mid-size category.
Its average yearly carbon dioxide
emissions are 1,968 kilograms,
with an annual fuel cost of only
$574.
Strangely, other models with
zero fuel emissions did not win
Energuide awards. Natural Resources Canada said this was because the cars were not commercially available on the Canadian
market and did not meet Canadian
safety standards.
Based on historical trends, Canadians tend to place a premium
on speed, power, and size when
purchasing a car. Manufacturers
have accordingly adjusted their efforts to boost horsepower and acceleration rates.
Paul Laprade, whose zero-emissions car Silence was also featured
in the show, believes it will take
time for people to embrace new
technologies.
"It will still be a niche market
until people will accept electric
cars. People are coming from over
100 years of gas and combustion
motor vehicles," he said. "They are
not ready to make the changes towards electric. They will still buy
Hummers."
The issues surrounding climate change stand to alter all this.
Faster and more powerful cars
equal more fuel consumption,
thus creating more greenhouse
gases and more smog in cities.
A series of market and scientific tests are being done with alternative fuels to try and make cars
"greener."
Biofuels, hydrogen cells, etha-
nol, and electric cars are all being
tested to see the pros and cons of
their reliability and cleanliness.
Hybrid gasoline and electric cars
are already on the market.
"Manufacturers continue to
invest in improvements to hybrid
technologies. The availability of
this technology is expected to grow
considerably in coming years,"
said Charles Crispin, senior manager of the Energuide vehicles
program.
Crispin believes that a combination of technologies will fuel
the vehicles of the future.
Ultimately, it will be consumers
who decide which technologies
will be embraced. There is also
the question of the viability of
the infrastructure that would
have to be created to support hydrogen fuel cell or ethanol-fuelled
cars.
Jim Miller, executive vice-president of Honda Canada, thinks
there is a need to further educate
Canadians on the benefits of eco-
friendly cars.
"So long as fossil fuels such as
gasoline remain in plentiful supply at relatively affordable prices,
there isn't a lot of impetus for buying fuel-efficient cars," he said. He
added that consumers have been
slow to accept new technologies.
"Some consumers still think
these cars have to be plugged in,
like early all-electric-powered
vehicles, so there is the need for
further educating the public about
today's advanced products and
the need to conserve our natural
resources."
Governments are offering
some incentives for eco-friendly
cars. For example, in Prince Edward Island, a purchaser can get
up to a $3,000 tax credit for the
purchase of a hybrid vehicle.
On April 5, 2005, the Government of Canada and the Canadian
Automotive Industry signed an
agreement on climate change.
This memorandum of understanding, between the government
and the Canadian Automotive Industry, states that the industry will
take actions to voluntarily reduce
greenhouse gas emissions of new
vehicles in Canada so that by 2010,
annual emissions reductions will
reach 5.3 megatonnes.
"While carbon dioxide is the primary [greenhouse gas] produced
from fossil fuel use in vehicles,
this [memorandum] recognises
that vehicles also produce several
other greenhouse gases, such as
methane, nitrous oxide, and hydro
fluorocarbons," said Crispin.
"This agreement targets all of
these gases, which are smaller in
quantity than carbon dioxide but
are more potent in terms of climate change." @ Culture
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AIDS IN MALAWI
at the Museum of Anthropology
to September 3
by Eva Lillquist
CULTURE WRITER
Upon entering the Museum of
Anthropology's latest exhibit, The
Village is Tilting: Dancing AIDS in
Malawi, I was struck by a running
video interviewing the inhabitants
of rural Malawi in southeastern Africa. Each spoke their opinions on
the growing AIDS epidemic erupting around them. While some
argued that people were disrespecting the teachings of their ancestors, others concluded that unsafe practices would never change.
But out of the bleakness there still
burned resistance in the form of
carved wood.
The new exhibit, put on by photographer Douglas Curran, displays a series of masks produced
by the Chewa Tribe of Malawi in
preparation for their ritual celebration, Gule Wamkulu. Translating
as "The Great Dance", this ritual
celebrates the importance of local
social values through an event of
traditional song and dance, and
the display of elaborate mask
work. However, for the Chewa,
this age-old tradition has taken a
new direction, one that addresses
the pressing issue of AIDS in their
drastically changing environment.
"Like musicians, we carvers
spread the news of AIDS," explains
carver Simeon Nkanawano. "Musicians sing on radios, but we express ourselves through carving...
I put my complete being into it."
And indeed, these carvers have
gotten their message through.
Standing face-to-face with their
artistic creations, made from everyday materials such as animal
hides, tree sap, torn jeans, wood,
and paint, each mask transmits
its own enlightening story on
the common, often preventable
ways by which the virus is being
transmitted.
A particularly striking  mask,
DOUGLAS CURRAN PHOTO
"Akuphu Aonongo", which translates as "The Killers are the Destroyers," personifies the all-too-
common case of individuals who
knowingly give the virus to others
after being infected. Dancers wearing masks of reviled characters
such as this one put on a threatening performance, and at times ran
into the gathered audience and
chased spectators away.
But aside from their frightening
appeal, the masks also transmit a
message that is unique to the local
culture. Each one was created and
named after characters found in
ancient Chewa stories, recycling
traditional tales and putting them
into a new context in a way the
community could relate to.
"Like musicians, we
carvers spread the news
of AIDS. Musicians sing
on radios, but we express
ourselves through carving. .. I put my complete
being into it."
Simeon Nkanawano,
Carver
One mask, "The Kondola", portrays a character based in ancient
storytelling called Msakambewa,
"The Mouse Hunter", who travels
away claiming to return with newfound wealth, but instead comes
back with nothing but mice. As a
substitute for mice, the Kondola
exhibited here has brought back
with him the AIDS virus, judging by the mask's tumor-infested
forehead.
Infusing a cultural understanding into what has become an international issue, The Village is
Tilting: Dancing AIDS in Malawi
shows how Indigenous communities have used their creative energies and traditional values as an
educational weapon against the
spread of HIV. Nkanawano asks
hesitantly: "Will it give a message
to people?" It already has, not only
locally, but on a global scale. @ THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 20 March, 2007
Culture
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Myth and history go hand in hand
A SHORT HISTORY OF MYTH
by Karen Armstrong
Canongate Books
by Lucas Johnson
CULTURE WRITER
What makes a
myth? In today's
"colloquial vocabulary, much
of what's discounted as untrue is called a
myth. As Karen
Armstrong's A
Short History of Myth points out,
however, "A myth was an event
which, in some sense, had happened once, but which also happened all the time." The strength
of the stories we call myths—Enu-
ma Elish, the fall of Icarus—is that
they reflect some aspect of humanity that continues to be a part of us
even today.
It is the development and explanation of these stories that
Armstrong explores in this work.
A Short History of Myth is a supplement to the Myths series from Vintage
Canada, which
_ brings together
great contemporary authors to give
modern takes on
history's most
; jmous mythical stories.
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attempts to give them a context.
The book begins with a chapter
on the nature of myth itself, and
explores what they mean to the
people who read them, and how
their significance has
evolved
since the
dawn of intelligence.
It then
delves
into the
progress
of myth
through
history,
devoting
a chapter
to each of
several
eras of human devel-
op me nt.
Beginning
with the
Palaeolithic Period
and the first
evidence of myth, and moving all
the way to modern times and The
Great Western Transformation,
the book covers all the bases.
The end of the book questions
what the value of myth is today,
especially in a society that has
been exposed more heavily to scientific thought and reason. It asks
intriguing questions about how
myths interact with our lives and
the nature of humanity in general,
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suggestions to answer them.
The writing of the book is concise, and easy to understand. It is
a very fast read, covering mainly
the basics, and yet
is able to provide
©extraordinary insight in its short
length. Armstrong,
an expert on religion and myth,
does a remarkable
job of explaining
the very nature of
myth and story as
it develops through
time. Of the many
things that make
this book worth
reading, two stand
out the most.
First of all, the
book   is   able   to
provide   great detail and insight into
the history of myth
in so little space.
A Short History of
Myth is the perfect
read   for   anyone
with   any   interest in mythology
because it provides excellent
b ackgr ound
knowledge without going
into the unnecessary depth of information that a textbook or other
source would provide.
Secondly, in its documentation
and alaysis of historical events,
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Armstrong provides an interesting commentary
on the nature
of humanity
and the human
need for entertainment, narrative
and—most importantly—imagination. It is this urge, according to
Armstrong, that drives humans
forward, and thus the reason that
mythology was ever formulated to
begin with. Armstrong expresses
as well the ability of myth and
story to provide insight into the
human condition, to profoundly affect people and guide our
development.
A myth was an event
which, in some sense,
had happened once, but
which also happened all
the time.
A Short History of
Myth is a perfect resource on mythology. Although it is a
quick read, it is well
worth the time it
takes to gain an intimate understanding of story, art, imagination, and the nature of humanity
itself. @
Ending puts IrVe/gAfsfire in fennel-stalk
WEIGHT
byJeanette Winterson
Canongate U.S.
by Victor Liang
CULTURE WRITER
The myth series that went into
publication in 2005 has to be one
of the most exciting events to hit
the literary industry in a long time.
As epic as the myths themselves,
the series brings together some of
the most celebrated authors in the
world, including contemporary
household names such as Atwood,
Achebe, Kirino, and Pelevin. The
purpose of the series is to take
some of our most famous myths
and contextualise them as the author sees fit, the significance of this
being, according to Atwood, that
"myths can be used—as they have
been, so frequently—as the foundation stones for new versions, new
renderings—renderings that have,
in turn, their own contexts, that
find their meanings within their
own historical moments."
In Weight acclaimed British
writer Jeanette Winterson (Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit) re-interprets the ancient Greek myth of
Atlas and Heracles. In short, the
myth tells of Atlas, the guardian of
the Garden of Hesperides and its
golden apples of life, who because
of a lost war has been punished by
Zeus to bear the weight of the earth
and heavens on his shoulders; and
the hero Heracles, who on a quest
to obtain the golden apples strikes
a deal with Atlas. The outcome of
their transaction, in the hands of
Winterson, is highly ironic, trag
ic, and very humorous, all at the
same time.
Weight is not so much about
the original myth itself, or even
the retelling of it, but takes it as
a vehicle for Winterson's exploration of human truths, mainly the
notion of choice. It is what frames
Winterson's story as she explores
choice in relation to themes of
loneliness, isolation, responsibility, burden, and freedom. These
themes run heavily throughout the
narrative, and Winterson does a
beautiful job of setting this up for
us in the first chapter: "The free
man never thinks of escape. In the
beginning there was nothing. Not
even space and time. You could
have thrown the universe at me
and I would have caught it in one
hand. There was no universe. It
was easy to bear." From this point
on, Winterson weaves an amusing
tale, lyrical and full of wit, but with
a philosophical undertone that
keeps readers on their toes.
A noteworthy aspect of the
book is Winterson's portrayal of
the hero Heracles as the womanizing foil to the pondering and
serious Atlas. Winterson's use of
first person narrative in the con-
textualizing of this myth is also
laudable in the way that it takes
the traditional story and makes
it her own. It is refreshingly honest, and for Winterson—a writer
"who believes in the power of story telling for its mythic qualities
and not its explanatory qualities,
and who believes that language
is much more than information"—
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centuries.
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the one thing that detracts from
what is overall a good read. Somehow the  ending does  not hang
together with the rest of the story
and itwas apparent in the choppy
transition between the concluding
chapters.
Winterson's story is wonderfully written and clever. Weight would
even make the most rigid Greek
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Vonnegut's
golden rage
A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY
byKurtVonnegut
Random House
by Momoko Price
CULTURE STAFF
By the time most people hit 80,
they've pretty much lost their audience—whether it's their family,
their friends, or their readers. Not
many people will sit around listening to their elders talk about
days gone by anymore. Heck, why
bother when you can turn to the
guilt-free, crackpot antics of Abe
Simpson or Monty Burns?
We forget that old people are
the ones who were there when
things were good, bad, and ugly,
that they're the ones who can shake
some sense into our young, naive
minds. That is, until a diamond in
the geriatric rough like Kurt Von-
negut comes along and once again
shows us that age is nothing more
than a number, and wisdom nothing more than common sense.
In novels past, Vonnegut has
always been the master of jovial
contempt, poking fun at the senseless world we live in with a mix of
detached resignation and genuine
bewilderment. In A Man Without a
Country, he throws caution to the
wind, humour to the wolves and
goes right for the jugular. And
even then, he still comes off as an
adorable old man.
A Man Without a Country is basically the quintessential angry, fed-
up rant every living octogenarian
would shout from the rooftops if
they still had enough energy to do
so. A man that witnessed human
nature's worst while trapped underground through the fire-bombings of Dresden, Vonnegut admits
he laughed while looking upon the
remains of the German city. By
contrast, he says the cultural and
moral decay of his own country today is no laughing matter: America
has become nothing more than a
shameful, exploitative behemoth,
a veritable monster eating away at
the vital organs of our tiny planet.
Vonnegut doesn't bother wasting his breath on hope for the future this time around. To him, both
died long ago. To him, the world
today is nothing more than a giant
congregation of recovering drug
addicts, living day by day, withdrawing from fossil fuels while our
leaders fight and ravage the planet
trying to score the last few hits.
But even if he isn't trying to
be funny anymore, Vonnegut still
cannot avoid charming his readers with his delightfully irreverent
prose. There's something to be
said about an old man who humbly
praises the solemnity of the Gettysburg address and tells George W.
Bush to fuck off at the same time. A
man who has the sense of humour
to get angry at Pall Mall cigarettes,
not for making him sick, but for
not having killed him yet.
A Man Without a Country is
probably the funniest death knell
of a man who's given up you'll
ever read. Though he is supposedly working on one last hurrah, If
God Were Alive Today, the chances
of him finishing it before jumping
off this crazy merry-go-round are
slim-to-none. This book is probably his last stop, and justly so.
Leave it to the likes of Vonnegut to
make his literary exit by slapping
us in the face and hugging us at
the same time. @ 8
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you're mad at God
for not existing."
GRACE
at Pacific Theatre
to April 14
by Michelle Moore
CULTURE WRITER
Grace opens with a philosophical
gunman screaming at a woman as
she desperately embraces a lifeless body. He demands that things
go back to the way they were.
"We can't go back."
An exploration of religious fundamentalism, Grace is the latest
work from playwright Craig Wright.
Wright, who helped write HBO's
Six Feet Under, has toured Grace
across the United States since its
inception in 2004. Last Friday
marked its Canadian premiere at
the Pacific Theatre in Vancouver,
a playhouse devoted to pieces that
focus on examining human spirituality. Itwas a perfect fit
Rewinding to three months earlier, Steve has everything: a devoted wife, an ambitious dream and
millions of dollars on the way to
make it happen. This, he believes,
is the work of God. As he puts it, he
may not have the smarts to be successful, but his absolute faith gets
him through.
His neighbour, Sam, has lost it
all. A car crash took Sam's fiancee
and left him disfigured. No faith
remains in his mind. God would
never let such a thing happen. As
neighbourly interactions begin, a
love triangle emerges and Steve's
dreams are threatened with the
prospect of crashing and burning.
Steve's over-the-top and deter
mined faith isn't left unchallenged.
The audience snorts, laughs, and
gestures to try and make him open
his eyes. Line after line reveals
that the script's goal is to evoke serious thought over one's stance on
spirituality.
Questioning was inevitable,
largely due to Craig Erickson's
convincing portrayal as the impossibly devout protagonist. Religious middle ground is offered by
Sara (Alexa Devine) as she moves
between her husband's devotion
and her neighbour's spiritual
abandonment.
The dark humour that emerges
from the eerie twisting of faith and
devotion to relate with life's tribulations remained strong. The intentional 'comic relief,' however,
brought the play down with its
reliance on gaining laughs from
foreign accents and mispronunciations. A cameo performance
from Duncan Fraser, a renowned
BC actor and director, was out of
place and at times appalling. In a
comic production his role as an
opinionated European bug sprayer may have worked well, but in
the dramatic tragedy that is Grace,
it seemed unnecessary.
The stage direction, however,
flowed impeccably. The fast-paced
action and integrated spaces were
kept comprehensible and visually
appealing.
Grace's message lies in personal contemplation. How should
spiritual beliefs and scientific
views of reality coexist? Can they?
As this play indicates, they certainly can. @ THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 20 March, 2007
Culture
The unknown Mao and the new myth
MAO: THE UNKNOWN STORY
by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday
Anchor Books
by Ivan Wu
CULTURE WRITER
The publication of Mao: The Unknown Story
has propelled Jung Chang and her husband
Jon Halliday to the forefront of historical
controversy. Heralded as a myth-shattering
work that attacks falsehoods behind Mao
Zedong's reign, the authors depict the ruler
as a pragmatic, heartless, and self-fulfilling
tyrant who was responsible for the deaths of
70 million Chinese.
Despite its title, this work cannot claim
itself to be a biography of Mao: it does not
attempt to provide a balanced picture or approach the matter from more than a single
angle. Nevertheless, reliable and original
assertions can be obtained from this work,
as the writers utilised Soviet documents and
interviewed many people who had come in
contact with the dictator himself.
To break down their argument, two recurrent themes shine through this work:
firstly, Mao's drive to succeed at all costs led
to his rise in power, and secondly, a Soviet
influence determined the course of events in
China. This formula is followed all throughout the book.
In addressing the first point, Chang and
Halliday maintain that Mao's cruel nature
and capacity for violence led to his eminent
rise, gaining the support of Stalin and the
Soviets. Going against the counterargument
that he was a devout supporter of Marxism,
the authors reveal that Mao joined the Communist Party at the age of 2 7 out of practical
concerns, as well as discovering his own affinity for "violence that breaks down social
order."
Mao was an unpopular leader among his
Communist peers and constantly disobeyed
Party orders. Beginning his ascent as a terror-wielding, little-known leader of Hunan
Province (funded by the Soviet Union),
Mao's careless strategy forced him to retreat
to bandit country, where he made numerous
raids on the local peasantry with whom he
supposedly sympathised.
When Mao returned from exile and was
given a Soviet mandate, he proceeded to
undermine his peers in power struggles
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amidst the civil war against the better-
armed Nationalists. In particular he feuded
with Chang Kuo-tao, a Communist general
who commanded the bulk of the Party's best
forces. At the risk of a defeat, Mao purposefully sent Chang on impossible operations
against the enemy, undermining the Communist effort for his own personal gain.
Mao, contrary to the popular belief of having led the
[LongMarch], actually ran
the risk of being left behind
by his peers...
One of the biggest claims the writers make
is their depiction of the Long March, a glorified event in official party doctrine. According to Chang and Halliday, Mao, contrary to
the popular belief of having led the march,
actually ran the risk of being left behind by
his peers, who distrusted his scheming tactics. The famous crossing of Luding Bridge
where the Reds supposedly overcame heavy
machine gun fire, backed by Deng Xiaop-
ing's words in hindsight, reveals that nothing of the sort ever happened, and that it
was really an "easy military maneuver." The
authors suggest that the Nationalist leader
Chiang Kai-Shek actually facilitated the Long
March, fearing for his son's life as a hostage
in the Soviet Union.
According to the writers, the Soviet Union
played a crucial role in the development of
events in China. The Communist-Nationalist
collaboration in the face of a Japanese invasion was spurred by the Soviets, who feared
Japan would invade Russia. When Chiang
was later kidnapped by his own subordinate
Chang Hsueh Liang, it was Stalin's displeasure that led to his release. In many instances when Chiang had the chance to wipe out
the Communists for good, the fact that his
son was held hostage by the Soviets stopped
him from acting.
It can easily be said that Mao: The Unknown Story is a useful book. Its density almost guarantees valuable information. However, behind its critically acclaimed success
as a myth breaker, the authors create a new
myth: one generated by moral outrage and
sometimes manipulative assertions. To put
it bluntly, this work is incomplete. Reading
it provides new insights into a controversial
historical period, yet the whole picture does
not become clearer, and is perhaps even
further obscured by a rigorous, determined
effort on the part of the writers to paint Mao
as a monster in every detail, without ever
considering the contradictions inherent in
his character.
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readable as reference material. It contains
reliable and completely original information, although the reader should not fall under any pretenses that this is an authoritative work. @
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Political juggernaut thrills with campaign spills
RIGHT SIDE UP: THE FALL OF PAUL
MARTIN AND THE RISE OF STEPHEN
HARPER'S NEW CONSERVA TISM
by Paul Wells
McClelland and Stewart
by Jesse Ferreras
CULTURE EDITOR
He came like a freight train that
no one saw coming. While his party was floundering at the polls and
treading water under divisiveness
and the foibles of an inexperienced
leader, he rescued it from a lake of
fire and took up the reins of a party suffering from mediocrity. And
now, just six years later, Stephen
Harper is the Prime Minister of
Canada and Liberals across the
country are still scratching their
heads trying to figure out what
happened. Maclean's columnist
Paul Wells, in his freshman book
Right Side Up, tries to account for
the downfall of the stalwart Liberal Party and in doing so composes
what unfolds less as a study in political science than as a breakneck
thriller and a comedy of political
pratfalls rolled into one.
"I can't fucking believe
there's no fucking
script for tomorrow!
I want some fucking
answers!...I also want
to know why nothing
happens unless I say
fuck!"
Stephen Harper
The story picks up after the
2000 election, when a dominant
Liberal party under Jean Chretien
secured an overwhelming major
ity in the House of Commons. Its
opposition, the Canadian Alliance,
is busy picking up the pieces and
fighting to survive against the dissent of the Democratic Representative Caucus and the PR nightmare that was Stockwell Day's
run as leader. At the outset of the
book, the Alliance has gathered for
a party meeting at Vancouver International Airport weak and desperate, ready to make a Faustian
deal for a rebirth. In comes Stephen Harper, a pragmatic, skilled
strategist who quit the party in its
Reform incarnation under Preston
Manning, His coming is narrated
in a way that likens him to Hannibal crossing the Alps on the back
of an elephant. (He was really just
driven to Vancouver by a Calgary
staffer, but whatever.)
What unfolds thereafter is a
fast-paced, Shakespearean drama
that chronicles in alternately funny and groan-worthy episodes the
slow deterioration of the Liberal
Party and the meteoric rebirth of
Conservatism, reunited under the
stern gaze of the imposing Harper,
an outspoken bureaucrat with little tolerance for internal dissent.
Wells describes with a remarkable sense of journalistic agency
the events leading up to January 23, 2006, the day a stubborn
centre-left government fell to a
party that few expected could take
the reins again in the Commons.
The Liberals, led by Paul Martin
through the 2004 and 2006 elections, at first seemed in no danger
of falling under a fiscal magician
of a Prime Minister who took the
government through successive
surpluses as a finance minister.
But then the sponsorship scandal
hits and starts chipping away at
the party's foundations, starting
with the 2004 election, continuing
throughout the  subsequent gov-
ernment and finally the 2006 vote
that juts them from power.
Harper, meanwhile, comes
off as a merciless beneficiary of
sound strategic skills and shrewd,
intolerant leadership, ensuring a
front for his party that shows unity
while masking a temper that boils
over behind the scenes. In one instance, Wells quotes Harper during a campaign as follows: "I can't
fucking believe there's no fucking
script for tomorrow! I want some
fucking answers!...I also want to
know why nothing happens unless
I use the word fuck!" Despite his
MICHAEL BROUND GRAPHIC
temper, Harper's rise to the top is
punctuated by incredible deftness
as a leader who surpassed all expectations and, despite the efforts
of his opponents, sits as the figurehead in a slim government today.
There is an argument in journalism today that, instead of trying
to avoid political leanings in your
reporting, one should simply be
upfront with their allegiances and
proceed accordingly. Paul Wells'
Right Side Up is a good argument
to the contrary—by occupying a
centrist position, the author manages to describe the triumphs and
shortcomings of both parties with
equal aplomb, and does it with a
style that could find itself at home
just as much in a political thriller.
Some of the actions by the parties
on the campaign trail come off as
downright stupid (ie. Scott Reid's
famous "beer and popcorn" remark in reference to the Tory child
care plan) while others make you
sigh with either relief or despair,
again, depending on your political
leanings (ie. the accidental leak of
Tory attack ads to Sun Media).
Wells pulls it off so effectively
preciselybecausehedoesnotallow
personal political biases to cloud
his storytelling and thus paves the
way for a writing style that at some
points seems like a play-by-play recounting of the events leading up
to January of 2006, while at others
he is characterising Stephen Harper like a tragic figure of classical
literature. "Paradise Lost" would
have been just as appropriate a title for this story, as Stephen Harper's rise to the top, after dejectedly
quitting conservative federal politics, is not unlike that of Milton's
Satan gathering his minions to
rebel against God—admirable, to
be sure, but just a little scary and
not something you're entirely sure
you want to see happen.
Right Side Up ultimately leaves
you with the warning not to underestimate Stephen Harper and
leaves the action midway through
the 2006 Liberal leadership race,
when Michael Ignatieff, for whom
Wells shows particular disdain,
was the darling of the party and no
one yet expected Stephane Dion to
step up to the plate. Perhaps one
day the Liberal party will have a
story to tell that's worthy of Paul
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Murakami collection
a mystifying whole
BUND WILLOW, SLEEPING WOMAN
byHarukiMurakami
Alfred A. Knopf
by Peter Warren
CULTURE STAFF
Following up on his 2005 bestseller Kafka on the Store, Japanese author Haruki Murakami once again
strikes gold with a brand new
collection of short stories. Simply titled Blind Willow, Sleeping
Woman, this eclectic and bizarre
assemblage of tales is impossible
to put down.
Murakami has never shied away
from intertwining the real world
with the outlandish and the supernatural, and this work is no exception. While the stories often deal
with the isolation of living in modern Japan, similarities to his previous works end there. Murakami's
collection includes stories such as
one about a young man reflecting
on the past while taking his cousin
to hospital; another that focuses
on a woman who marries an ice
man; the story of a businessman
suffering through what he calls
'the year of funerals'; and a monkey who has an unfortunate habit
of stealing people's names. While
this all comes across as strange, it
fits together quite seamlessly. Murakami has no trouble getting his
reader to suspend disbelief.
While the stories are all inherently digestible, Murakami's characterisation seems quite bland.
Protagonists rarely have distinguishing characteristics and ofte
n go unnamed. At first glance this
appears to be a failing, but upon
closer inspection it is clearly quite
deliberate. Murakami leaves his
characters open so that the reader
will fill them with his or her own
personality traits. By doing this,
Murakami stresses the universality of people's emotional states.
Everyone feels lonely, everyone
worries about the future, and
everyone wonders if all others
think about the same things that
they do. Through his short stories Murakami invites the reader
to join in a collective human
experience.
Murakami's literary world is
dominated by themes of loneliness and longing. Each of the stories is concerned with these emotions. This may seem somewhat
redundant, but it is delivered in
a very subtle fashion. Murakami
enters like a thief and plucks your
heartstrings. He is a master when
it comes to conveying emotions;
the emptiness and isolation can
be felt in every page.
Murakami is arguably one of
the world's best living authors,
and this collection of short stories
only helps to bolster this argument. Every story in this collection
is intense, thought-provoking, and
endlessly enjoyable.
Moreover, every one of them
seeks to explore the human experience and to bring people together through shared commonalities.
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman may
just be a collection of short stories,
but Murakami manages to make it
feel much more like a larger work
of literature. This is an author who
changes the way people look at the
world. @ THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 20 March, 2007
Culture
13
Alcohol offers a crash course in history
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN SIX GLASSES
byTomStandage
Random House
by Alia Dharssi
CULTURE WRITER
What do a pint of beer, a glass of wine, a
bottle of spirits, a pot of coffee, a mug of tea
and a can of coke all have in common? Yes,
they are all drinks and, yes, it is likely that
they all will shape your university career in
some way; however, these drinks have done
a lot more than intoxicate students and
heighten energy-levels during exams.
In A History of the World in Six Glasses,
Tom  Standage,  business   editor  for  The
Economist, begins with the bold thesis that
history can be divided into periods by beverages, just as history is divided by archaeologists into the stone age, the bronze age,
the iron age and so forth.
In the six sections that follow, Standage
writes a history peppered with entertaining tidbits and sharp insights that take us
through an account of how humankind accidentally discovered beer as well as the story
of how Coca-Cola was initially popularized
for its supposed medicinal value.
The book, which begins with the linkage between the formation of early human
settlements and beer in Mesopotamia and
Egypt, provides a description of wine's impact upon the intellectual life of Greece and
class distinctions in Rome; an account of
how whisky and rum helped push Americans down the road to independence; a
story about how coffee led Isaac Newton to
develop his most important work; the connections between the British drive for tea
and opium addictions in 19th century China; and the Coca-Colanisation of the world.
While recounting the important role
of beverages in shaping culture, economics, and political action, Standage simultaneously provides the reader with a brief
sketch of many major historical events—a
crash course in history that he links to the
mundane drinks all around us.
While the book was filled with a wealth
of interesting information, I was disappoint
ed by its lack of coverage of the rest of the
world. "A History of the Western World in Six
Glasses" would have been a more appropriate title as Standage focuses on specific time
periods and geographies that emphasise the
history of the western world. For this reason, his pronouncement that history can be
divided into periods by beverages does not
stand.
Nevertheless, Standage shows that drinks
are an integral commodity that have and
will continue to shape culture and political
actions. A History of the World in SixGlasses
was a light, informative change from a heavy
university history textbook. And now I know
for sure how rum and whisky helped shape
the history of the United States. @
AMZ
HTTERFETIVE
Campus Music Explosion
Finals! a battle of the bands
Thu 22.03.07 - Pit Pub
Patrick Watson W/ Guests
Fri 23.03.07 - GALLERY LOUNGE
The Acorn w/ Guests
Wed 28.03.07 - Gallery Lounge
Visit www.ams.ubc.ca/events
for more event information.
YouBC Video Contest
Submit a 1 - 5 minute homemade video
on anything and everything UBC
and let your friends choose who wins.
For contest details and how to enter, visit www.ams.ubc.ca
BCQ
1st Prize is 4 ipod nanos
Top scoring videos will be shown at Imagine Day Pep Rally
Other prizes include Bookstore Gift Certificates Thunderbirds
and UBC swag, Starbucks gift certificates and more!
Join us on Friday, March 30th
at the Pit to hear the winners announced!
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AMS Insider Coordinators Required
The AMS requires two creative and hard-working individuals to produce this year's AMS
Insider. Working closely with the AMS Communications Planning Group and the AMS
Communications and Promotions Manager, they will have the awesome task of
producing a daytimerand student handbook filled with useful information for the
students of UBC.
AMS Insider Editor
This position requires a tenacity to put together the right information in a creative
readable style, and an eye for editing submissions to ensure clarity. Should be aware of
the issues surrounding student life and be able to identify opportunities to
communicate these issues in the publication.
AMS Insider Graphic Designer
This position requires an individual who is conversant
with desktop publishing, layout,and design.
Both positions work very closely together and in cooperation with the AMS Insider
Advertising Sales Department and require an attitude that oozes teamwork.
Full position details, compensation and application procedures
are available on our web site at www.ams.ubc.ca
AMS Service Coordinators Required
The AMS requires enthusiastic,committed and hard-working individuals to
coordinate a variety of our Services to fulfill the mandate of the AMS Mission Statement.
■ AMS Advocacy Coordinator
■AMS Tutoring Coordinator
• AMS Mini-School Coordinator
• AMS Speakeasy Coordinator
All positions work very closely together and in cooperation with the AMS Executive
Coordinator of Student Services and the other Coordinators and require an attitude that
oozes teamwork.
Full position details, compensation and application
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Editorial
Tuesday, 20 March, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
'Excuse me, I ordered a Zima, not emphysema!'
There's an episode of South Park in which
the four kids are led through a "Museum
of Tolerance" where they are taught not to
judge people based solely on their cultural
differences. They emerge from the museum
pure and re-energised, only to see their parents lambaste a spectator having a smoke
outside.
"Hey, smoker!" they heckle. "Get out of
here tarbreath!"
The laws of British Columbia don't make
this too far from the truth.
Smoking is bad for you. That's why cigarettes aren't sold to minors, and why every
time you buy a pack of smokes, it comes with
warnings of impotency, death, and pictures
of charred lungs.
And it's apparently why the provincial
government is proposing new anti-smoking
legislation to further limit its citizens' exposure to tobacco—by banning 'power wall'
displays (racks of cigarettes sold behind the
counter) and outdoor smoking. We assume
the hope is that smoking will soon be a thing
of the past.
But taking a closer look at the proposals,
we need to ask: are these measures necessary, or even effective for that matter?
Don't get us wrong; we agree with the
gradual withdrawal of cigarettes from the
public sphere which has been ongoing for almost a decade now. The no-nonsense "out of
sight, out of mind" legislation of the 90s that
put cancer-encrusted grimaces and pathos-
inflected slogans like 'cigarettes hurt babies'
on smoke packs—in addition to bans on ads
and sports and entertainment sponsorships
by tobacco products—definitely helped push
cigarettes into the background. These have
arguably taken the pressure to light up off
your average smoker and prevented others
from taking up the habit.
But we have reservations regarding the
proposed banning of smoking near public
doorways, windows, and air intakes and
what this is meant to achieve. The province
hopes that attaching an invisible perimeter
around these areas will help decrease people's overall exposure to secondhand smoke
and thus alleviate the stress smoking related
illnesses puts on the provincial health care
system—an estimated $2.3 billion ayear, according to the provincial government.
UBC has even flirted with the idea of
making designated smoking areas, and even
building outdoor gazebos to corral smokers
like cattle—or some might say, lepers.
Anyone seen violating the ban on smok
ing in public doorways will be fined.
Every community has its share of generally inconsequential and largely unenforceable laws, and the arbitrary shooing of
smokers off one sidewalk to another would
likely fall into this category. Do we fine jaywalking, for example? Sure, but it's not too
often. It's probably on par with secondhand
smoke in terms of its relative risk to others, but no one does anything about it because it's not worth the effort to enforce and
would probably never stop people from doing it anyway.
Where will it stop? Will we keep arbitrarily expanding these restrictive boundaries?
The actual problem of addiction is not being
addressed by simply moving smokers ten,
20, or 200 feet, and beyond that, these laws
will only serve as an annoyance to a small
minority.
But considering the amount of attention
these proposals have already received, it's
obvious that smoking will be a hot-button issue with BC voters for a long time to come.
Lung cancer aside, we worry about the apparent phobia against smokers that encourages
their exile from the public. It's irrational
compared to larger issues around similar
vices. If we're worried about lung cancer,
why aren't we attacking people who drive
SUVs? If we're worried about heart problems, why aren't we attacking stores that
peddle fast food? One can argue that there
are movements against these vices, too, but
they simply don't incur the same amount of
fear and loathing that smokers do. A likely
reason is that smokers have become such an
easily bullied minority in BC anyway: only
15 per cent of people in BC smoke, the lowest number in the country. Classic tyranny
of the majority. It's easy to gang up on the
little guy, even if there are probably bigger
habits worth tackling now.
Some say that the cigarette is identifiable, thus easy to attack. We have found in
our vast, collective news-reporting experience that one can indeed see SUVs and identify them as threats to our well-being. Some
say that it is the specific and despicable targeting of youth that condemns the cigarette.
Happy clowns with giant purple blobs selling deep-fried potatoes and processed patties are certainly guilty of the same crime.
Smoking has dwindled to a minimum in
this province—let's start picking on something else. @
streeters
Should we restrict smoking to certain areas?
—Ruhee Dhanji
Arts, 2
"Yeah, I think they
should. There's a
lot of people who
mind the smoke,
they should be given
a choice whether
they want to stand
by someone who
smokes; they think
it's rude."
—John Alvarez
Psychology, MA
"Yes, I think they
should designate it"
—Elaine Moody
MA
"I'm from Halifax,
and we've had rules
like that in hospitals
andschools-within
10 feet of a building. I think it's good
to restrict smoking
everywhere. I think it
will also make people
smoke less"
—Mike Gevaert
Economics, MA
"...if there's no clear
cause of harming
others, we shouldn't
restrict the freedoms
of people doing what
they decided to do.
Put money into
education...instead."
—Adele Sison
Arts, 1
"I think it's a choice
to smoke, and you
should have a choice
to smoke in a certain
area where it is not
harmful to others."
- Coordinated by Samantha Jung and George Prior
Letters
GSS gripes
by Patrick Bruskiewich
This past week the GSS had a by-election
that was wrapped in some controversy.
The controversy centred on a candidate
who had recentlybeen Chief Elections Officer (CEO) for the Society, who then went
on to run as a candidate for President.
It is not normal electoral practice for
Elections Officers to run for public office
in Canada, for obvious reasons. CEOs
have a privileged function with access to
privileged information. Privileged information includes how the Society runs its
elections, its email lists, the structure of
the lists and other matters.
In the long history of the Graduate
Student Society no CEO has ever taken it
upon themselves to run for the position
of President. The candidate at the centre
of the controversy should not have taken
on the CEO position in the last general
election if he had intended to run for
public office. What adds to the disquiet
is that he had been CEO just one month
prior to the recent GSS by-election.
Whomever is President has a responsibility to the Society. Having been
made aware of the controversy, as GSS
interim President I sought and received
legal counsel. I was advised by counsel to
protect the Society, and to ask the Elections Committee to protect its privileged
information. In issuing a release, I have
fulfilled my responsibility to the Society.
The Elections Committee had several
meetings to review the matter. The GSS
Elections Committee were confronted
with a challenge unprecedented in the
history of the Society. It appears they put
in their best effort to deal with the day
to day running of the election. To bring
the Society's electoral practice in broad
conformance with Canadian Electoral
Practice, the GSS needs to pass a motion
that disallows CEOs of the Society from
setting their names forward for elected
office for a minimum of two years after
stepping down as an Elections Officer. As
interim President of the GSS I also made
recommendation to the Elections Committee to review matters of substance
with legal counsel before passing or publishing their judgment.
His use of such language does not conform with the practice of law in Canada.
I would publicly ask the GSS to take note
that the conduct and comments of the
candidate at the centre of the controversy
has brought the Society in disrepute.
I have spoken with legal counsel on
the matter, and have been informed that
no slander, libel and abuse has occurred
as a result of my actions. Instead I have
fulfilled my responsibility to the Society.
What has transpired from me is normal
"political discourse" expected during an
election.
As I pointed out to the elections committee, I have always felt taking a step
back and seeing the bigger picture to
things helps put them into better perspective. Over the past ten years I have
helped the university with efforts to raise
$52.5 million. In one week, I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Barber about
Landscaping for his library renovations,
then I hosted an impromptu visit from
the scientifc attache for the Conseil
Generale de la Republique de France and
on Saturday I was a judge f or the Physics
Olympics.
Given the disrespectful and inappropriate fashion that I have been treated by
the candidate at the centre of the controversy I believe, like so many other graduate students at UBC, that I have better
things to attend to with my precious time
than student politics.
—Patrick Bruskiewich is a PhD
candidate in Physics THE UBYSSEY Tuesday, 20 March, 2007
Sports
15
MEN'S BASKETBALL
T-Birds tank at CIS Final 8
Four straight first round bow-outs for UBC men's basketball
by Lucas Timmons
THE ATHENAEUM (ACADIA UNIVERSITY)
HALIFAX—Chalk it up as another
learning experience.
The No. 2 seeded UBC Thunderbirds lost a last possession
contest 95-92 to the No. 1 seeded
Concordia Stingers in the CIS Final
8 consolation final, a game neither
team hoped to be playing in, and
in which no one predicted the top
two seeds in the tournament would
find themselves.
Fifth-year standout Casey Archibald cut Concordia's lead to
93-92 with 35 seconds left after
hitting a pair of free throws, but
Damian Buckley did the same at
the other end to reinstate a three
point lead for the Stingers with
only 9 seconds remaining. UBC in-
bounded to Archibald who quickly
moved down court and found fellow fifth-year guard Adam Friesen
with a pass, but Friesen put a three-
point shot off the back of the rim,
ending UBC's season and sending
the T-Birds home with a sixth place
finish.
Archibald scored 29 points
against the Concordia Stingers in
the consolation final, 28 in a consolation semi-final win over the Acadia Axemen on Saturday, and 32 in
the T-Bird's opening round loss to
the Ottawa Gee-Gees. He finished
as the tournament's top scorer with
89 points, only 12 points shy of the
all-time CIS championship record
of 101 set by Mickey Fox in 1979.
Archibald's tournament performance was highlighted by an over-
the-shoulder reverse layup against
the Axemen in the consolation
semi-final. The play, which awed
the mostly pro-Acadia crowd, built
momentum against the Axemen in
the second half, as UBC outscored
the Axemen 48-3 and forced 17
turnovers while only giving up the
ball 5 times.
Despite his inspiring performance, Archibald couldn't hide his
disappointment of not being in the
championship bracket.
"No one really wanted to play
this game," said Archibald. "It's one
of those games
unfortunately
we had to be in.
We're here play
ing, we might as well play."
UBC's championship hopes
were dashed in an opening round
92-85 loss to the No. 7 seeded Ottawa Gee-Gees. The first half was
dominated by streaky basketball.
Ottawa went on an early 17-0 run
and added a 9-0 run later in the
half, but UBC battled back with
runs of 7-0, 9-0, and 10-0. Despite
the early deficit, UBC went into the
locker room with a 3 7-3 5 lead.
Ottawa started the second half
strong and regained the lead, using
a 10-0 run to put the Gee-Gees to
a 70-57.
But again UBC battled back. A
14-2 run closed the gap to a single
point late, but UBC was never able
to regain the lead.
Archibald was 13-of-l 5 from the
floor and 5-of-6 from beyond the
arc against Ottawa, while third-year
centre Bryson Kool and fifth-year
guard Jason Birring both added 13
points as the team shot 56.4 per
cent from the field.
The Thunderbirds, still looking
for their first championship banner since 1972, have now failed to
make it out of the first round of the
championship tournament each of
the last four times they've quali
fied, dating back to 2003.
Thunderbirds head coach Kevin Hanson was obviously disappointed with how the tournament
panned out.
"Any time your  season  ends
"Any time your season
ends and your dream is
gone, it's a sour note."
Kevin Hanson
Thunderbirds Head Coach
and your dream is gone, it's a sour
note," said Hanson. "You gotta beat
people when you get here. I thought
this year was pretty open with the
talent level. I thought there were
some really good teams, a lot of
great individual play this year."
Looking forward, Hanson expects to return to the Final 8 next
year, which will be held in Ottawa,
ending Halifax's 24-year run hosting the tour-
n a m e n t.
Losing a
four     time
all-star in Archibald and veteran
guards Friesen and Birring, Hanson expects third-year standout
Chris Dyck to fill the leadership
void. He also expects the Thunderbirds will change their style of play
to make use of all of their assets.
"I think we're going to be a bit
more spread out," said Hanson,
adding, "[We will] be a little more
defensively oriented and spread
the scoring out. Chris Dyck is going
to step it up [for us], he's got two
more years."
Dyck finished the tournament
with 38 points and 15 rebounds in
three games.
Despite having finished his
time as a player, Archibald feels
the team will continue to improve.
"The program's going to be
good. In my five years it has gotten better every year. They are
doing a lot of great things, things
you don't necessarily see on the
court. I think that's going to lead
to hopefully a first round win in
the future." @ LET'S TALK ABOUT
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