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Director Jonathan Kay
brings us cool aliens
UBC Music department puts
Hansel and Gretel to music
East Timorese activist
speaks at UBC
Coping with defeat since 1918
Legal aid pulls crucial funding
by Paul Champ
Twelve UBC law students could lose their school year
after BC's legal aid system pulled funding from the
Vancouver Aboriginal Justice Centre (VAJC) on
November 4.
Each term, six law students work full-time at the
VAJC as part of a special program designed to give
them clinical experience with a socially, economically and politically disadvantaged group in exchange
for credit towards their degree.
Emergency meetings at the law school are
addressing what to do about students working there
now and those who were to start in January.
"Every day we hold our breath and see what happens," says Associate Dean of Law Jim Mclntyre of
rumours that Uie doors might be locked any day.
Meanwhile, the school is negotiating with the Legal
Services Society (LSS) of BC to find alternate place
merits for students in January.
The LSS is appointed and funded by the provincial
government to provide legal aid to BC residents who
cannot afford a lawyer. Since the VAJC opened in
1994, the LSS has paid the centre to help provide that
service. But the relationship has deteriorated in
recent months to accusations of racism and breach of
contract on one side, and fiscal mismanagement and
unprofessionalism on the other.
Bernice Hammersmith, the VAJC Vice Chief
Councillor, says the dispute is really about the cen
tre's approach to service delivery. "When we have
clients coming through our door, they don't come
there with just a legal aid criteria problem. They
come with a whole person, so many times we are trying to figure out alternative methods."
Hammersmith cites examples of Aboriginal people
corning in who are mentally ill from being abused in
residential schools. The VAJC tries to help by counselling the person as well as seeking compensation for
them. "We help in a bigger area of justice, not just
specifically legal aid," says Hammersmith. "But some-
"Every day we hold our breath
and see what happens"
Associate Dean of Law
how that doesn't fly well with the LSS structure because
they tend to stick to this very narrow view of justice."
But David Duncan, Executive Director of the LSS,
disagrees. "It's strictly a contractual matter," he says.
Duncan is the person who wrote and delivered the
letter to the VAJC that announced the immediate end
to their funding. He says the VAJC was operating at a
deficit, was not providing audited statements and
had not paid rent for four months. In addition to
withholding money for salaries and other expenses,
the LSS gave the VAJC 60 days to move out of their
downtown office.
Hammersmith admits the VAJC is not paying rent,
but denies the other allegations. "We're holding back
our rent mostly because they won't take care of our
added expenses," she says. The VAJC has been operating without a contract since January 1996, and had
been negotiating for money to pay a
receptionist, among other things. The
VAJC  finally signed  a  contract last
month and Hatnniersmith says they
were going to pay the back rent, but the
LSS responded by not signing the agreement they had themselves proposed and
terminated funding without warning.
Meanwhile, UBC law students are left
in the lurch. "It does make it very awkward for students trying to get into the
clinic," says Kika Mowry, a third year law
student scheduled to start work at the VAJC
in January. Mowry is also president of the
First Nations Law Students' Association and
says  the situation  is  causing anxiety for
Aboriginal law students.
"We are sort of left wondering how much
of this is related to the position we are in soci
ety," says Mown-. She says she feels torn as an
Aboriginal law student "trying to understand
and listen lo what the people at the VAJC are
saving, and also trying not to be angry at the
LSS for doing what they feel they have to do as
well." However, she says the LSS action "is a
familiar negative response from a government
system, and the person who loses in the end is a
First Nations person."
Michelle Hopkins, another Aboriginal law student scheduled to work next term at the VAJC, says
the LSS move was irresponsible. "If there's an accusation of financial mismanagement then they
should be going through arbitration," says Hopkins.
"They shouldn't just discount the [VAJC] management and completely terminate all contact without
giving them an opportunity to learn and grow."
Hopkins says the LSS is "not looking at the bigger
picture." She says Aboriginal people continue to suffer
in the legal system, and that every report on the issue
says alternate approaches are required. "But the LSS
seems more concerned about control," rather than
recognising the VAJC's broader approach.
Back at the VAJC office, a campaign to
save the centre is under way. A petition is
circulating, news releases are being faxed,
and Hammersmith says a meeting with
Attorney-General Ujjal  Dosanjh  is being
requested. She says her hope is that the
Attorney-General will agree to  fund the
VAJC outside the LSS structure, and her organisation
will be able to pursue a mandate that recognises the
unique needs of Aboriginals.
As for the students, Duncan at the LSS says,
"We're working on that." He says the LSS is consulting other urban Aboriginal groups to open a new
Aboriginal legal aid clinic, and students will be able
to work there.
But Hammersmith says a new clinic controlled by
the LSS will not be the answer for Aboriginal clients.
"That's just brown faces delivering white programs,"
says Hammersmith.
If the situation is not resolved, it will be a blow for
many UBC law students. Second year student Karen
Wood says she moved from Edmonton to UBC because
of the unique program. "It was a real selling point for
me," she says. "But now I'm here and it's gone." ♦
UBC LAW STUDENTS James Fulford, Dan Wilson, Anja Brown and Bill
Lomax, who are currently articling at the Vancouver Aboriginal Justice
Centre, hope the centre can keep its doors open, richard lam photo
NPA sweeps election
by Irfan Dhalla and
Sarah O'Donnell
The lowest voter turnout in 20
years meant Saturday's civic election results handed Vancouver
voters "more ofthe same* for the
next three years.
Incumbent NPA mayor Philip
Owen won me njfayoral contest
while NPA candidates took all ten
city council seats, all seven parks
board positions and all nine
school board seats.
The results were surprising
even to Owen, who watched the
poll tallies come in at the Waterfront Hotel with NPA supporters.
"Yes I was [surprised]. It's kind
of a humbhng experience," said
Only 32 percent of eligible
Vancouver voters cast ballots on
Saturday. Turnout was especially
poor on the east side, a traditional Coalition of Progressive
Hectors (COI^ stronghold.
In the past properly owners-
people with the most wealth at
stake in civic elections—have
voted in greater numbers than
renters. This trend, said UBC
Political Science professor Paul
Tennant, was a factor in
Saturday's elections.
"The working-class, renting
group of the population doesn't
turn out to vote anything like the
property owning, more educated
part of the population," he said.
"And it certainly looks like a few
more ofthe former, who are basically COPE supporters, did stay
home this time."
Traditionally, property owners
support the NPai, while renters
favour COPE.
But Tennant said voter turnout was not the only factor that
hurt COPE in this election. "COPE
was in bad shape with pong-time
city councilor] Harry RankinJwt*-.
ing pulled away and been very ■
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Buy nothing means nothing to business groups   npa sweep
by Chris Lee
A local media-activist group is
calling for consumers to participate in a spending moratorium
on November 29.
The Buy Nothing Day campaign is headed by the
Vancouver-based Media Foundation, publisher of Adbusters
"What we're trying to do is...to
get people to think about our
economic system and slowly
start changing it so it's...more
sustainable," said Kalle Lasn,
editor of Adbusters. He cites statistics that say North America contains only five
percent of the world's population, yet consumes
a third of its resources.
The campaign has been staged for the past
five years and is currendy active in nine countries including Australia, South Africa and the
United States. The group is buying air-time on
CBC Newsworld and CNN to convince consumers to refrain from buying anything on Buy
Nothing Day.
But local business associations say they are
not worried by Buy Nothing Day.
"That's certainly an interesting opinion",
said Ron Stanaitis, communications manager
for the Vancouver Board of Trade. But he added,
"it's very negligible in terms of the effect it has
had...I don't think it's that well known."
Allan Drinkwater, president ofthe West 10th
Avenue Merchants Association had not heard of
BUY NOTHING: not coming to a mall near you. richard lam photo
Buy Nothing Day either. When asked for comment on the campaign, he said he did not
believe consumerism was a problem for his
members, which include businesses and professions on West 10th Avenue from Discovery to
"We do not have rampant consumerism on
West 10th Avenue... People around here are too
intelligent to spend their hard-earned money
that way," he said.
But Adbusters Lasn said his group's message will gain in popularity. They're planning an
extensive poster campaign as well as other community activities he hopes will "catalyse a movement towards [the] simplicity and frugality that
we all need."
We live in a culture, he said, that has been
overdoing it. "The way to happiness is not being
on the consumer treadmill." ♦
AIDS monument touches Vancouverites' nerves
by Theresa Chaboyer
Less than four months after hosting the XI
International Conference on AIDS, a proposal for
a more permanent reminder of the disease has
become a major controversy.
Early last week, the Vancouver Parks Board
announced it would erect a monument in Stanley
Park to the British Columbians who have died of
AIDS-related illnesses.
But the decision immediately sparked strong
and vocal reaction.
"Parks should not become places where one
plops art or memorials," said Jim Harvey, president of The Friends of Stanley Park. "They're for
recreation; they are there for enjoyment."
Donna Morgan, one of the parks board commissioners, said she received more than 40 calls
following the decision. Many echoed Harvey's
position that Stanley Park was the wrong park for
the monument. Other complaints ranged from
"why this disease and not others, to the sort of
homophobic comments like it's a self-inflicted
disease'," she said.
But several of the callers, she said, were in
favour of the parks board proposal.
Time, she says, may reveal homophobia at the
heart of most of the objections. "It will be interesting to see if when other sites are proposed, if
the argument is really about Stanley Park or
about the monument itself," Morgan said.
The other locations being considered by the
board for the monument include Alexandra Park
in the west end, which holds the AIDS candlelight
vigil each year. Mountain View Cemetery was
also suggested.
But Harvey said his group's objection is simply to save the park.
"If we were alive in 1900 we would've spoken
against the Chealis monument, if we were alive in
1922 when the Japanese Memorial went up we
would've opposed that."
Opposing most monuments, he said, is in
keeping with the Friends' objective of maintaining green space in the park.
The Royal Canadian Air Force memorial, he
said, is appropriate because its very- small garden
blends with the nature of the setting.
Harvey said it's also about maintaining a
cheerful atmosphere in the park. "When does the
park become a cemetery park as opposed to a
park of nature."
Terri Clark, public affairs manager for the
Parks Board, has found the whole debate frustrating. People, she said, were not active until
after a proposal was made. "I think it's very
easy to sit on the sidelines and not to participate and then to point your finger afterwards,"
she said.
Stanley Park is definitely a soft spot for many
British Columbians and a very touchy issue,
which Ed Lee of the AIDS Foundation of
Vancouver says is a sign of hope.
"I prefer to think that it's Stanley Park as
opposed to homophobia. I think people are very
protective of Stanley Park." ♦
continued from page one
critical of COPE." he explained. *I would
think that for many ordinary COPE supporters that was a very mixed message,
and so probably even those who did turn
out to vote weren't voting as firmly for
COPE as they would have otherwise."
The present at-large electoral system.
where all voters can select up to ten council candidates, also means that a large
number of NPA votes in the affluent west
side can compensate for COPE support in
lower income areas. "The largest cohesive
voting block can elect all the positions,
even, though they themselves don't even
necessarily have a majority of the vote/
Tennant told The Ubyssey.
COPE mayoral candidate Carmela
Allevato also blamed the electoral system
for the NPA's convincing win. "If the NPA
think that voters handed them a blank
cheque, I say think again/ said Allevato.
But due to a convoluted and eon&smg
referendum question, Vancouverites are
unlikely to see change to the way they elect
city councillors.
Although 59 percent of voters said they
were in favour of keeping the existing at-
large system of electing councilors in one
referendum question, 55 percent of voters
said they favoured a ward system, where
electors of the district vote only for one
member of council, in a seperate question.
"[A plebiscite on the ward question]
requires a very straight question to get a
clear answer/ Tennant said. "I think we
did have straight questions in previous
plebiscites, but this one was on the one
hand very confusing, on the other hand
highly biased."
The election results also mean UBC students can expect city hall to conduct business as usual without any significant
change. But in terms of student issues, like
transit and housing, Tennant said there
may be some progress.
"Several of the NPA councilors are very
concerned about transit issues, certainly
Jennifer Clarke is one of those, certainly
Gordon Price also—the two that topped the
polls/ he said.
But since most of the incumbent mayors across the Lower Mainland were reelected, the philosophy of the GVRD Board
of Directors will not change significantly,
and will likely press on with their review of
UBC's Official Community Plan nextMay.
COPE candidate Mel Lehan had said
that a COPE council would try and convince the GVRD Board to redesign the OCP,
using more input from the campus community.
In other plebiscites, voters gave the city
permission to borrow $80 million for
some of the major projects in the city's
1997-1999 Capital Plan. Of the $80 million, $ 11 million is to be spent on an
upgrade of "pedestrian and cycling facilities/ $ 11 million is to be spent on maintenance and replacement of recreation
facilites, and $ 10 million is to be spent on
park development and acquisition.   ♦
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United Church takes on UBC student
by Peter T. Chattaway
The United Church is waging a battle against one of its own.
Kevin Annett, a UBC PhD candidate in Native Studies, is fighting
for his position as a United Church minister. Since his forced resignation from a Port Alberni church in 1995, he has been defending
himself against a presbytery th;;t wants to bar him from the pulpit
KEVIN ANNETT finds himself in the eye of a United Church storm
following his forced resignation from a Port Alberni church.
If delisted, Annett can never be a pastor in the United Church
again. Only a few pastors have been delisted in the United Church's
history, none of them in BC; usually when pastors cannot get along
with their parishes, they are moved to another parish.
But Brian Thorpe, executive secretary for the United Church in
BC says Annett's activism could pose a threat to any congregation he
might lead. "From |the Comox-Nanaimo presbytery's] perspective,
there were problems that Kevin needed lo deal with, and if he did
not, there would be problems in other congregations."
For his part, Annett says, (luring his three years as pastor of
St. Andrew's United Church in Port Alberni, he was trying to follow the example of Jesus. When he saw the poverty afflicting the
predominantly Native community, he began several initiatives,
including a food bank and pastoral care committee, to address
the concerns.
He also invited members of tlie Native community to come to his
church attendance  tripled,  from 30 to   100.  But when  several
Natives — notably Harriet Nahanee — openly shared their memories of sexual abuse at the hands of former United Church ministers
during the 1 950s and 1960s, members of those ministers' families
who still attended the church got upset. This, coupled with Annett's
allegations that the United Church mishandled land belonging to
the Native community, provoked tlie presbytery to remove Annett
from the pulpit.
"Out of a hundred people," Annett says, "about six people got rid
of me."
Although Annett tendered his resignation in January 1995, the
presbyterv of Comox Nanaimo ordered him to leave several months
earlier than he originally intended. It also ordered him to submit to
psychiatric treatment and undergo a year-long retraining program
without pay, or be delisted.
The reason for the psychiatric treatment? Despite the food bank
and pastoral care committees he established in his brief tenure,
some alleged that Annett was mentally incompetent to be a pastor.
Others said he had a messianic complex.
"In seminary we were taught to use Jesus as a role model,
take the gospel seriously and try to practice it," Annett says. "I
guess in my own way I Iried to do that, and now I'm being
accused of being crazy for having done it, so I don't know what
they're talking about."
Jennifer Wade, a member of Amnesty International and a former
English professor at UBC, says the presbytery tipped its hand with
the psychiatric requirement. "All of us in Amnesty know this is the
first thing they do to dissidents all over the world, they try to intimidate them by saying, 'Nudge, nudge, there's something wrong, you
know, psychological.'"
Annett refused to meet with the presbytery's psychiatrist,
though he did visit another psychiatrist for his independent evaluation. The presbytery proceeded with its plans to delist him,
and Annett has found his appeals frustrated at increasingly high
levels of the church hierarchy. If he loses the current hearing,
his only remaining appeal within the United Church will be to its
national governing body.
Wade says the Church's need to inflict punitive measures has
overridden any specific thing that Annett might or might not have
done. "Kevin is insignificant in all this," she said. "What is happening is he's being thoroughly punished for trying to be a caring minister."
Annett, currently pursuing a doctorate in Native Studies at UBC,
says at this point he just wants to keep his job. "I'm still willing to
come to terms with tlie Church," he says. "All they have to do is sit
down with me and say, 'Okay, Kevin, we'll admit a wrong was done,
we'll compensate you, we'll get you back in ministry,' and I would
still say, 'Fine, I'll drop Uiis whole thing.'"
Thorpe, however, says things can't be patched up that simply.
"Nothing like that would happen until tlie hearing would determine
[Annett's status]," he says. "At this point, the1 hearing panel has to
come to a decision, and then we decide on the next stop."
The hearing resumed at St. John's United Church on Monday. ♦
New report says deficit reduction hurts women
by Samer Muscati and Rachel Furey
OTTAWA (CUP)-Women's equality is seriously threatened by government preoccupation with deficit reduction, says a new federal report.
National economic and social restructuring, combined with federal cuts to social
programs, are threatening gains made by
women, says the Status of Women report.
The report is a product of government
consultations with 400 women's groups and
individuals done earlier this year.
"The federal government's cuts to transfer payments will devastate the poor, who
are disproportionally women," says
Concordia graduate student Mary Jane
McKitterick, who participated in the consultations on behalf of the Canadian Federation
of Students.
Over the next three years, Ottawa
plans to cut seven billion dollars in
transfer payments to the provinces
intended for social programs, health
care and education.
McKitterick says the cuts will reduce
women's accessibility to post-secondary
education. Her claim is backed up by a
recent Statistics Canada report that concluded increasing tuition fees cost women more
than men because women take longer to pay
off student loans.
"The cuts to education undermine everything [women are] trying to do for tlie dubious reason of deficit cutting," she says.
McKitterick also pointed to daycare
cuts that will further limit women by preventing them from going to school or
working full-time.
The rate of new child care spaces in
Canada has decreased by 13 per cent in just
five years according to a 1995 Women in
Canada StatsCan report.
The Status of Women report also discussed the federal government's elimination ofthe Canadian Advisory Council on the
Status of Women, the group that
independently critiqued government measures.
After a public outcry from
women's groups across the country, Hedy Fry, federal minister
responsible for the status of
women, announced the creation
of a $ 1.2 million annual fund to
pay for independent research on
the effect of government policy on women.
"You can't understand what the problems affecting women are, and how government policy impacts on them unless we
do some clear research," Fry says.
"Research is needed until the day women
are equal in this country and have equal
When asked whether the $1.2 million
would be enough to investigate the problems women face, Fry says, "Women always
managed to do a lot with a very little."
But some women say the $ 1.2 million is
a far cry from the three million dollars the
council received to do research before its
dismantling, adding that research was the
most important element of the council's
mandate and the magnitude of recent cuts
demand extensive research.
"Research is necessary," says University
of Prince Edward Island Psychology professor Beth Percival. "It's essential that we document women's lives and the impact of
changing government policies on women."
The Status of Women Report highlights
The...cuts to transfer payments
will devastate the poor,
who are disproportionally women."
Mary Jane McKitterick
Canadian Federation of Students
other   issues   which   trouble   Canadian
women including:
• The "devastation" of many communities caused by unemployment, which
is especially felt by women who suffer
the brunt of these loses and social
• The "loss and devaluation of women's
culture" especially feminist culture.
• The "growing backlash" which undermines women's gains and heightens anti-
women feelings.
• The lack of funding for a wide range of
services and women's organisations. ♦
FOI costs at Memorial
by David Cochrane
ST. JOHN'S, Nild. (CUP)-Memorial
University's adrrrinistration is violating
the spirit of the Freedom of Information
Act by demanding more than $10,000
for details on senior administration
expenses, says Uie province's opposition
Late last month history professor
Ranee Panjabi requested information
on the travel and entertainment expenditures of the university's president
and its four vice-presidents from
1994-1996. The university said that
compiling and retrieving the information would take 693 hours and cost
Panjabi $10,561.
Tory opposition leader Loyola
Sullivan has taken up Panjabi's cause,
saying the university's response is
either a sign of gross administrative
incompetence, or else an obstructionist
tactic by an administration that has
come to think of itself as beyond
But university president Art May
quickly dismissed Sullivan's claim saying it was uncalled for.
Instead, May said this was a "nuisance request" from a "disgruntled
Panjabi has had her share of disputes with the university's top brass.
Most recently she was the centre of
controversy this January after refusing
to wear a microphone that would allow
a hearing impaired student to hear her
lectures. Panjabi, a self-described mystic, said it violated her religious
beliefs. ♦
Former Dal employee
charged mth fraud
by Dan Clark
HALIFAX (CUP)-A former employee of
Dalhousie University is facing criminal charges after the university was
allegedly defrauded of over
Linda Hill, a financial services clerk,
was removed from her position when an
internal audit discovered the alleged
fraud, said university Vice-President
Bryan Mason.
"It all started last summer when a
minor discrepancy appeared in some
figures," Mason said. "We started to
investigate. Within just one day we had
uncovered the full extent of the fraud,"
The matter was then turned over to
an external team of forensic auditors
who, after a two month investigation,
confirmed the results of the university's
internal audit.
Hill is alleged to have created a phony
firm in Saint John, New Brunswick that
sent invoices to the university, which
Dalhousie payed without question.
Among other things, the bogus firm
billed the university for travel expenses
to Saint John.
"This has never happened before. In
anyone's living memory, no one can
remember anything like this ever happening," Mason said. ♦ 4 THE UBYSSEY, NOVEMBER 19, 1996
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come to the prison to hear his confession.   Simon's  real  purpose  in
doing this is to force Bilodeau to    *
confront his past actions. The other
prisoners, all male, are enlisted to re-enact
the story of the young Simon, Vallier  and
the   meddlesome   Bilodeau.   The   movie
moves smoothly between 1952, the prisoners' dramatisation of 19 12 and flashbacks to
the past itself.
The cinematography is fabulous. The movie
starts in the prison. Then the characters move
back in time and place, and slowly, as the plot
develops, are placed right into the
When the charac
ters reconcile their pasts, they are brought b^ck to the
present. The film ends with a sense of brutal reality
that is blatant, disturbing and silent. The symbolism is
One reason Lilies is so appealing is that, at its core,
it is a universal love story. Jason Cadieux and Danny
Gilmore, as Simon and Vallier, have great chemistry
and enthusiasm as young gay lovers. The pain they
feel during their separation is real and they must deal
with it as best they can. Simon becomes engaged to
an elegant, strong French aristocrat, Lydie-Anne de
Rozier (Alexander Chapman), and their
marriage threatens to separate the lovers
forever. Also, Bilodeau hovers in the
background and schemes to have
Simon for his own.
Lilies has no female actors. All
the roles are played by men who
assume the full personas of their
characters;  they are not simply
"men in drag." At first glance, this
may appear to be because the prisoners acting out the story are all
male, but it is more than that — this
casting  decision  accosts  the  audience's ideas of masculine and feminine, gay and straight.
Issues of class, colonialism and
religion are raised during the
movie, but less time is devoted to
them. It must also be noted that gay
and straight people alike will be
transfixed by Jason Cadieux.
Lilies is a Canadian movie well
worth seeing. Be loved, be betrayed
and be romanced by this tragic
love story. ♦
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information will be available from SUB Room 238 at this time.
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above dates. THE UBYSSEY NOVEMBER 19, 1996   5
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JONATHAN KAY finds room for aliens, Haida myths and Willie Nelson in the science fiction feature Starlight.
Filmmaking crystal-clear to Kay
Local filmmaker Jonathan Kay
reaches for a star with the
opening of Starlight
In spite of television shows like
the X-Files and movies like
Independence Day, Kay's aliens
are cool. They want to be our
Mends again.
by Peter T. Chattaway
at the Plaza theatre
Coming between the alien invasion megamovies
Independence Day and Mars Attacks], Jonathan Kay's
upbeat Starlight may seem like something of an
anomaly. But, says the Vancouver-based writer and
director, "I choose to focus on the more positive
aliens. £Tis one of my favourite films of.all time."
Kay moved to Vancouver eight year£ ago while
scouting locations for Starlight, which he ultimately
set in Nelson due to the numerous sightings in the
area. But Kay was initially inspired by stories from a
different sort of mountain region.
"Once I began researching alien contacts from
around the world, I was intrigued by a certain type of
alien from the Pleides star system. There had been a
lot of contacts in Switzerland by a farmer that had
supposedly been visited by these alien spaceships,
and he photographed them, and there are elaborate
picture books filled with tlie shots that he had done
and scientific testing done on the shots to authenticate them and so on. And these aliens gave him their
background on why they're visiting him."
Kay's post-modern approach to spirituality sometimes results in a peculiar mix of ancient Native
American myth and elements reminiscent of the
1980s New Age craze, such as crystals. "That's an element that we brought into it," he says. "From
research we did in native mythology, trading has
been going on with the sky peoples- not necessarily
crystals, but this is a science-fiction film, and crystals
are very much a part of Pleidian powers and various
spiritual activities."
These powers all come together in the person of
Kieran (Billy Wirth), a half-Native, half-Pleidian who
inherits spiritual powers from both sides of the family tree. Kay believes such powers are available to
people of all ethnic backgrounds, but notes it is
Keiran's Native pedigree that allowed him to survive
to adulthood where all other "halflings" have perished. "All the other halflings have committed suicide or died at an early age because of a clash in the
gene make up, but Kieran has survived in part due to
his Native heritage, so the genetic make-up being
part Indian, that has enabled him to survive where
others have died," Kay explains.
But isn't there something implicitly racist in that?
And might it not be a bit presumptuous to cast a
white boy like Willie Nelson as Grandpa Lium, a
Native American shaman of no identifiable origin? "I
think it's not racist," says Kay, who criticised
Independence Day in a recent Saturday Nigh Particle
for perpetuating Jewish and black stereotypes. "But
part of how Starlight differs from other films in this
genre is that the Native powers, portrayed in a positive way, play an important part in the film. The energy and the collaboration from the First Nations peoples who came out and participated in the dance and
song at the beginning, and in the sweat lodge
sequence with Willie Nelson, was done with their full
support and they were very happy and honoured that
Willie Nelson participated in this way."
Kay says the genre did not require him to be more
specific about Grandpa Lium's background—"It is a
science fiction film," he says—but he says he was particularly inspired by the "sky people" of BC legend
and Haida stories about drowning experiences. At
the age of 18, before Kay had heard of these local legends, he'd had a drowning experience of his own off
the coast of Bali; Starlight was originally inspired by
a dream he had eight years ago of being lifted out of
a Rocky Mountain lake by a spaceship's beam of
But at the time of his dreams, Kay was not yet
aware of the Haida traditions that would inform his
film. That, he says, was a fortunate coincidence. "It
was very synchronous."
As was the film's drowning sequence, a hypnotic
six-minute sequence that mixes an impressive array
of optical effects with music and took over six
months of experimenting to complete.
"It came together very magically, a lot of syn-
chronicity," Kay says. "To me it has a very natural
feeling to it, an organic feeling to it,- and I really
enjoyed working on it. It was manifesting my dream
to become a reality on film, so it was an enjoyable
Some of the other effects are not so successful.
A love scene between Rae Dawn Chong and Wirth
sees them transform into balls of light that cheer
loudly as--they fly through the moon, and in one
"Native powers" sequence, lightbeams zap out of
Willie Nelson's eyes into a totem pole, opening a
portal into one catatonic character's mind so that
she can go inside and "find herself."
Despite his positive focus, the presence of evil
Pleidian Pallas would suggest that not all aliens
can be trusted to see our planet through its difficulties. And Kay agrees it would be best if humans
could learn to get through our problems without
outside help, while keeping the bigger picture in
"My personal belief is that we all have the power
to benefit our planet, to stop environmental destruction, and that if we have a positive attitude towards
thing, and take positive actions, we can help ourselves with our crisis. So the message ofthe film isn't
that alien beings are going to come down and solve
all our problems. But this particular group of beings,
the Pleidians, have come down on a positive mission.
And the film has a universal message of universal
love between galaxies, and we should be open to visitors from other galaxies, and open to helping them
and open to them helping us as well, working together towards a common, universal goal."
And, perhaps surprisingly, Kay reveals that he
does like The X-Files and shows that explore the darker side of extra-terrestrial life. In fact, he was particularly thrilled by a recent episode involving past-life
regression, since he has asked Gillian Anderson and
David Duchovny to try it for real on his CBC TV series
Walking after Midnight, an expansion of his 1989
feature film.
"Maybe they'll be more open to it," he says, "now
that they've done that particular episode."♦
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Caucus (Lesbians,
Gays. Bisexual and
queers) will meet
in SUB 241K at
12:30pm Friday,
November 22 to
discuss the Queer
issue, a special
issue of the paper
which will run next
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who wants to help.
The good, the bad and truly
by Andrea Spence
Hansel and Gretel
at the Freddy Wood until Nov 30
The UBC Theatre department and Music School have raised the
curtain on Engelbert Humperdinck's classic opera Hansel and
Gretel. Based on the children's fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel first premiered in Weimar, Germany in 1893. The opera has since enjoyed
success as a German Christmas-time event.
Under the direction of Nancy Hermiston, UBC's production has
rehearsed since September and closely follows the fairy tale that
many of us were introduced to as children.
Although familiarity is part ofthe opera's appeal, UBC's version
will be unique. "We're performing the opera in understandable
English," says Katy Hedelan, a voice performance major who plays
the Dew Fairy, "It's what you might call classical singing but it's not
necessarily in the traditional style. There are no real definitions
between the arias and I think people will find that enjoyable."
In addition, the characters' personalities have been given a different focus. Karyn Way McLarfy, who plays the mother, believes
that her character now seems more human. "We have tried to show
that the mother.really loves her children but that it's just the stress
of not being able to feed them that makes her really cranky. We didn't want her to come across as really abusive."
McLarty, a first-year Masters student in opera, adds, "I don't
really think the story needed to be modernized in many other
ways. Down deep it is about the struggles of a family. Thei themes
speak for themselves."
The majority of the cast are from the School of Music, which has
meant some adjustment for Theatre students working on the show
who say they have found the rehearsals frustrating at times.
The entire production also had to adjust when the string section
of the orchestra were replaced with a second piano just before the
show opened.
But most Music students say they are happy with the show and
delighted to be working with the Theatre department.
"In the Music School we don't have many facilities for the opera
program," says Hedelan. "We normally work out of the old auditorium and it's pretty decrepit. It is nice to be in a facility where we
can have beautiful costumes, great makeup and people who know
what they are doing."
Emma Turnbull, a Masters student in Opera, is playing the role
of Hansel in her first appearance onstage at the Frederic Wood
Theatre. She says she is glad to be working with Nancy Hermiston,
who speht 13 years as a lead soprano in Nuremberg, Germany.
(Hermiston plans to take the ensemble to Opava, Czech Republic in
the summer to attend an international opera workshop.)
"The big thing in doing my role," says Turnbull, "is that I can't
think too far into the history of the character because he is a child
of about seven or eight. But Nancy has helped out a lot. She's done
the part of Gretel in opera and she knows the whole story and the
characters. She also knows the personalities of the cast members
and has helped bring more of the character out of us." ♦
EMMA TURNBULL and Phoebe MacRae in the Music School's production of Hansel and Gretel. terri SNEtGROVE photo
by Penny Cholmondeley
Canada Dances I and II
Nov 14 & 21 at the Pacific Cinematheque
In a flurry of muscle and music, the Canada
Dances series swept into the Pacific
Cinematheque last Thursday. Those fortunate few who caught Part I could not have
been left unpleased by the obvious abundance of Canadian talent in dance and film.
The series is a collection of short dance
works in an innovative field that adds a new
dimension to human movement on film.
Among the five films offered, one stands out.
as particularly stunning. In 'Flux,' the
dancer's movements attempt to reflect the
human relationship to water. Supple motions
mimic the rippling of calm water, while rigid
movements attempt to project its unpredictable side, calling to mind the nature of a
restless sea.
One dancer hammers violently at a block
of ice, only to turn and caress it a moment
later, illustrating spectacularly the simultaneously dangerous, beautiful and serene qualities of water. At times cameras create the
appearance that the dancers are under water,
allowing them to be transported from one
aquatic environment to another. The audience comes away minking that, as much as
water is to be awed, it is an intrinsic part of
our being.
'No Guilt,' based on Paul Andre-Fortier's
Non Coupable, also deserves recognition.
John Faicheny highlights the physical and
emotional withdrawal experienced when one
dancer hands over a role to another. The
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demonstrating the passion and draining
emotional commitment required in a work
filled with sensual energy.
The second part of the series plays this
Thursday at 7:30pm. Among the four films
offered that night is 'Lodela,' a piece
inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead
that has deservedly received much critical
acclaim. Philippe Baylaucq invites the viewer to "join the dancers as an observer, gazing with the floating eye of an omniscient
Winner ofthe Atlantic Film Festival award
for Best Film or Video Under 60 Minutes.
'Lodela' is an experiment in the sensory
experience. Creative angles and cameras
attached to the bodies of the dancers create
an eerie effect in which the audience almost
feels a part ofthe dancers' bodies and world.
Choreographer Jose Navas has developed an
afterworld in which the self s feminine and
masculine elements are entwined in a dance
of mutual discovery.
Also appearing on Thursday are 'The
Lesson,' 'A Hunter Called Memory,' and
'Black Angels.' All films in the series are
attempts to explore some element of the
human condition through the eyes of the
camera. ♦
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Portland, Oregon. IL seems some audience
members moshed too enthusiastically and
bumped into others (suprising lor a mostly
female audience at a small concert).
Anyway, the energy of all four members
was mcredible; their great grrrl rock made
me want to thrash around with my guitar
and join a band. Jody added to the show by
talcing her shirt off and playing bare-chest
ed. It made me think, Guys do it on stage all
the time! IF women started to do it, it wouldn't be shocking anymore. Team Dresch was
terrific, and hopefully they will come back
to Vancouver soon. ♦
Blasting the antichrist
with explicit language
Antichrist superstar—mariiyn SVSanson [MCA]
So the Queen of Gothic returns-hot on the heels of its
bombed-out 'Sweet Dreams' cover—and she's looking
for a hit.
Drum machines beating on bleeding gashes
beating on pain, diis is Antichrist superstar, Marilyn's
supreme statement on music in the '90s.
Something is not right, however, when CFOX plays,
in heavy rotation, an anthem like 'The Beautiful
People.' Marilyn understands this tragic contradiction
as she sings, "You cut off all your fingers/trade them
in for dollar bills." On 'The minute of decay' she
screams, "I'd love lo just give in/I'd love to live this
lie," sinking even deeper into gothic depression.
Apparently, BC Report recently dedicated an article
to exploring Marilyn's depravity. The latest issue of
Detuils features a fashion spread of a depressed
Marilyn, looking strung out and lost. Anka is even said
to be dating Marlilyn, who's grown wings and has
hoses connecting his penis to his fans' faces.
Success awaits, no doubt.
- Federico Barahona
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Lyrics [Liquid Iteccsrds]
It was inevitable, with an on-again off-again '70s
revival lurking in pop music's background, that sooner or later someone was going to rediscover punk rock.
Contrary to what most punters (who weren't even
around back then) believe, the small collection of
bands which formed the nucleus of tlie original punk
movement did not have a single homogeneous sound.
Rather, every one of these primal punk bands had its
own version of tlie punk story to tell, and no two stories were the same.
Salmonblaster pay homage to punk's long-defunct
roots in a couple of this CD's tracks. 'Sugarrush,' for
example, could have been permed by the Damned,
while 'Blast Off represents a distinct nod to the
Buzzcocks sans Howard Devoto. Not every song on this
CD is a reflection of "roots punk," of course. Most
songs, like 'Transistors & Turbines' or 'Freeway,'
could have been penned by Nirvana, while 'Drive It'
mimics the third-rate early-'80s heavy metal of
Musically, Salmonblaster is definitely worth a listen—they have at least put their own spin on the various sounds they've emulated, creating something new
and interesting in the process.
—Andy Barham
Vietnam war gone, but not forgotten
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For most of us, the Vietnam War has faded into the ever-
increasing distance. Were it not for occasional reminders
from Hollywood, we'd likely forget America's ten-year war
with the tiny country. They say time heals all wounds ...
unless, of course, we choose to reopen them,
William Prochnau has reopened what is perhaps the
gravest wound America ever inflicted upon itself: the wound
to its self-esteem. It was the international equivalent of a
schoolyard bully getting the shit kicked out of him by some
much smaller kid several years his junior. And yet, when the
United States first got embroiled in the mess which became
the war, it certainly didn't see things that way. Rather,
America saw itself as the world's bastion against the spread of
communism. In 1949, China fell to the communist hordes,
and the whole Southeast Asian theatre seemed, to American
analysts, poised to fall with it like a row of tumbling dominoes.
Until Ronald Reagan, there had never been a Cold Warrior
to equal John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Vietnam, a little known
country no bigger than California with a population considerably less, was the key domino in this theory, and Kennedy's
analysts believed that if they could "save Vietnam" they could
stop communism dead. The plan was flawed from the start:
the French, with more than a billion dollars of American aid,
had spent seven years trying to hang on to the tiny country,
only to be humiliatingly evicted.
Prochnau's account of the first year of American involvement in the war, from 1962 to 1963, describes the handful of
correspondents stationed in Saigon who covered this
"debonair litde war in a land of tigers and elephants." They
were mostly young, rising stars in the world of journalism,
cold warriors all. Yet before they were withdrawn from
Saigon, they became a major thorn in Kennedy's side by showing the world that the "debonair little war" was anything but.
South Vietnam's ruler, Diem bien Phu, was so reviled he
kept his best generals at home for self-protection. Even his
field officers were under a strict obligation to avoid contact
with the enemy. As a result, although the American military's
official role was that of advisor, American troops were doing
the real fighting.
Perhaps the biggest mistake Kennedy's representatives in
Vietnam made was refusing to provide information to the correspondents, since this forced them to find information from
"unofficial" sources who were only too eager to provide it.
Whereas official sources tried to downplay or hush up such
anti-Diem activities as the self-immolation of Bhuddist
monks, the monks were savvy enough to enlist the journalists,
ensuring they would be on hand as the monks calmly doused
themselves with gasoline and set themselves alight, burning
to death in obvious agony as the ultimate protest against a government which Kennedy was propping up.
Once Upon A Distant War is a fascinating read for anyone
interested in this rather dismal period of recent history. I
heartily recommend it to any aspiring journalist.
—Andy Barham
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the awarding of prizes to faculty members. Five (5) prize winners will be
selected in the Faculty of Arts for 1997.
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The V-Bird women, ranked second in the country,
barely broke a sweat as they dispatched the Calgary
Dinosaurs in a two-game sweep this weekend raising
their record to 7-1.
"It's like there are two leagues in one right now,"
Assistant Coach Erminia Russo said. "You've got
Alberta, Manitoba and ourselves, and sometimes
Regina, and then you've got the teams that aren't as
It took just over an hour for the Birds, missing all-
star middle blocker Tanya Pickerell to steamroll the
Dinos Friday night, winning their home opener 3-0
(15-7,15-2,15-5). While rookie Sarah Maxwell led the
Birds with 8 kills and 13 digs, both offence
, and defence were spread evenly among the
The only question Saturday was
whether or not UBC could maintain their
level of play against an inferior team. "It's
pretty hard the second night to come out
and be focused," setter Jeanette Guichon
The previous weekend in Winnipeg the
Birds  routed ihe Wesmen  3-0 in their
series opener. "We played well on the Friday
night...they came out strong [Saturday] and we were
taken aback a bit," she said. The Birds lost the first
game before coming on take the match 3-1. "We tried
really hard this weekend not to let this happen."
UBC scored eight points before Calgary got on the
scoreboard in game one Saturday. Unforced Dino
errors and a relentiess T-Bird attack ended with a 15-
2 final score.
Jenny Rauh, back at UBC for one year of an education degree after playing on the national team, overwhelmed the Dino defence with her attack in game
two. The Birds went on to an easy 15-3 victory.
After UBC jumped out to an early lead, Calgary
responded with five unanswered points to go up 7-6
in game three. But that refocused the distracted
Birds, who asserted themselves and went on to a 15-
8 win to sweep the series.
The T-Birds used their home opener against a
lesser team this weekend to experiment. "It gives us
a chance to practice a few things in game situations,"
said Guichon.
The Birds are already looking ahead to February's
rematch against top-ranked Alberta. "The players can
see that they're beatable...they let up at times," Russo
said. "We know that we're up there with them." ♦
by Woif Depner
Women Students' Office
1874 E. Mall-Brock Hall #203
The men's basketball team cruised into Calgary
looking to crash the Dinosaur's home opening
party Friday night.
The highly touted swingers from the west
coast looked more like a boy scout troop and
were kicked out into the arctic cold with a 112-
97 loss. But they rebounded Saturday with a 94-
82 win to salvage a weekend split.
The Birds started off up-tempo Friday, and
Guard Dave Buchanan was stylin' early with
nine points in less than three minutes giving
the Birds an early ten point lead.
"Then, all of the sudden the turnovers started
coming," said Coach Bruce Enns. Sixteen came
in the first half en route to a final tally of 2 7.
Calgary made UBC pay with a transition
game that had the Birds stumbling all over the
hardwood. Fouls put the Dinos at the line 17
times in the opening half, and they led 51-44 at
The Birds tried to get back in the game with
their big men in the middle, but Calgary's defence collapsed into the key making it difficult to
pass into the low post or penetrate off the dribble.
"They were sagging three guys in the middle
and our guards had really no options but to
shoot," said Curtis Mepham, who scored 21.
"The shots didn't seem to fall."
Calgary also dominated the boards, holding
UBC to nine offensive rebounds all night. They
continued to run and gun in the second half,
and sliced and diced through the Birds' defence.
Vancouver native Navie Sekhon led the Dinos
with 2 5 points.
"They made some difficult shots. But I've got
to be very honest, Calgary put on a clinic," said
Enns, who spent a sleepless night making
adjustments after Friday's loss.
That paid off on Saturday night.
The Birds stepped up the transition defence,
cut down on turnovers and neutralised Calgary's
inside game. "[UBC] played like the team picked
to win the conference," said Russell.
With the Dino inside game shut down,
Mepham dominated again, leading the Birds
with 29 points and 13 rebounds. As UBC controlled the middle, the Dinos were vulnerable
from the outside. The Birds knocked down five
early treys to lead 49-39 at the half.
Richmond native Kyle Russell sparked
Calgary early in the second half as the Dinos
went on 13-6 run. Then Sandor Kiss' old NBA-
style trey tied the game at 55.
The Dinos smelled blood, but the Birds didn't
flinch and responded with a 10-2 run of their
own. Calgary made things interesting down the
stretch, but with Goertzen in foul trouble, the
Dinos couldn't come inside.
And the more experienced UBC guards made
up for their defensive mistakes the night before.
John Dumont scored 20 points and pulled down
seven rebounds, and held Sekhon to 16. ♦ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 1996
V-Birds start slowly once
too o
by Scott Hayward
The men's volleyball team conquered their opponents twice
this weekend; Friday they beat the Calgary Dinosaurs, while
Saturday they beat themselves.
Mike Kurz led the T-Birds with 26 kills and Jeremy
Westereng dug up 20 balls as UBC took over two hours to
defeat the Dinos 3-0 in their home opener Friday night.
After taking the first game 15-9, the Birdmen came from
behind twice to win 17-15 and 15-12, sweeping the match.
They crushed Calgary 15-3 in game one Saturday, and
pulled yet another rabbit out of the hat stealing game two in
a come-from-behind fashion. But like Aesop's hare, the
Birds slept through the first half of the last three games and
couldn't catch the slow and steady Dinos, who took the
match and a series split.
"The worst thing that can happen to a team is to blow the
other team out in the first game," lamented UBC coach Dale
Ohman. "Then they think they're pretty shit-hot and lose
their focus."
Game one was all UBC. "After we pretty much killed
them 15-3 we came out more relaxed and thought it was
going to be a total breeze," setter Jamie MacKay said.
The Birds spotted the Dinos to a lead early and with sloppy play soon found themselves down 11-6. But timely kills
by Kurz and Westereng pulled the Birds even at 12, and
momentum carried them to a 15-12 win.
Side outs kept game three even
early, but Calgary broke out to take a
10-3 lead. UBC responded with three,
but then gave up two. They took two
more but faltered again, eventually losing 15-11.
"We keep lurching and then dying
and lurching and then dying and digging a hole for ourselves," Ohman said.
Game four followed a similar pattern. It was even early, but the Dinos
capitalised on T-Bird errors to take a
12-5 lead, coasting to a 15-6 win to tie
the match 2-2.
"A lot of players aren't looking for
the win, they're looking for the kill,"
MacKay said, noting individual efforts
are lacking early on. "We think that
someone else is going to carry the load for us."
Like a broken record, game five repeated the pattern for
the sixth time in eight games -the Birds handed Calgary an
8-4 lead. Thereafter, a point was awarded on every rally-
side out or not.
The lurching and dying Birds came within one three
times, and appeared to be out when they were down 14-11
with Calgary serving. But Llie Birds scored two to close the
gap to 14-13.
PRAYING FOR PENANCE-Jamie MacKay and Jeff Dalziel beg the volleyball god for
forgiveness after Saturday's loss to Calgary, scorr hayward photo
Then "our captain [Westereng] serves an absolutely perfect serve right on the sideline and the guy shanks the ball
over to our side," recalled Ohman. "Our two front row guys
stand there and watch the ball land on the floor beside them."
That gaffe gave the Dinos a 15-13 win and series split.
"I always say the volleyball god sometimes will give you
one shot at it, and if you don't take advantage of it he punishes you," Ohman said. "Well we got the shot, didn't take
advantage of it, and got punished instantly." ♦>
B-Bird women show
strength in opener
by Wolf Depner
Heading into this weekend's
Canada West season opener
against the Calgary Dinosaurs,
two major questions faced the
women's basketball team.
First, how would a young UBC
team stack up against the veteran
competition in Canada West? The
Birds finished the pre-season 3-3,
but didn't face a single opponent
from their own conference.
Second, can the Birds fill the
gaping hole left in the middle by
the departure of last year's scoring leader and top rebounder Kim
Judging from the two road
games against the Dinos, Deb
Huband's squad will do just fine,
thank you very much. UBC spoiled
the Dinos' season home opener
with a convincing 75-65 win
Friday night, only to drop a close
game 6 7-61 the next night.
But the jury is still out on who
will be the go-to player in the middle. If anything, the verdict won't
come down until the end of the
season as Jessica Mills, Erin
Fennell and Lindsy Sidwell are
still learning the ropes.
That became very apparent at
times against a veteran Dinos'
team that has plenty of size and
experience in the front court.
Centre Erin McAlister scored 15
points and pulled down ten
boards Friday.
Mills,   Fennell   and   Sidwell,
meanwhile, found themselves
double-teamed all night long and
combined for only six rebounds
and 15 points.
Although the Dinos enjoyed an
advantage up front, T-Bird point
guards Laura Esmail and Trixie
Cruz led UBC to victory. Esmail
scored 20 while Cruz put down
another 17, including two crucial
free throws with 30 seconds left to
give UBC a six-point lead.
Overall, Huband was pleased
with the win despite 2 1 turnovers
and questionable shot selection.
She also defended her young centres. "I don't think they are quite
used to handling two or three people that are focusing on them,"
she said before Saturday's game.
"We want to get the ball inside.
We don't keep it out on the
perimeter like we did last night."
But that was far easier said
than done Saturday night. Calgary
continued to double down on UBC
centres even harder than the
night before. That highly effective
move held Sidwell, Mills, and
Fennell off the score sheet entirely.
Dino McAlister was once again
a force on the glass as she pulled
down ten boards in the first half
alone. Her partner in crime, rookie forward Leighann Doan, had a
career night with 32 points and
13 boards.
The Birds didn't let up and only
trailed by five with a less than a
minute left, but a crucial late
turnover iced the Dino victory. *
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The win snapped a six-game
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NOVEMBER 19, 1996 • volume 78 issue 20
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Barahona were insistant, it would
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"What does everybody want?" yelled
Sarah O'Donnell from across the
room. "Some of that crappy curried
chicken," said Wolf Depner.
"Ginger Beef," said Scott Hayward.
Joe Clark backed him up all the
way. Richard Lam didn't really
care, although he knew if he stayed
in the room he'd have to go pick it
up with Richelle Rae. Emily Mak
requested the egg foo yong, while
Anna Liu reminded the group to
get fortune cookies. Neal Razzell
and Sarah Galashan both asked for
some kind of vegetable dish, and
Irfan Dhalla sulked in the corner
because he, like Theresa Chaboyer
would have preferred Italian. Chris
Lee suggested oysters, but Andrea
Spence immediately dismissed the
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and greens combo. Amanda Growe
and Wah Kee Ting thought lemon
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sense of the chaos and jot down the
order. Faith Armitage walked out in
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NPA: Nothing Penetrates Apathy
Much is being said about COPE's demise
in Saturday's civic elections.
Depending on who you listen to, the
results reflect an anti-NDP backlash, a rejection of COPE's "soft leftist" ideology or a seal
of approval for Mayor Owen's "development
vs preservation" balance.
It's hard to speculate on what the COPE
wipe-out means, however, without taking
into consideration Saturday's turnout rate in
Vancouver—a whopping 32 percent, the lowest in 20 years. Mayor Owen, in fact, managed to get elected with only 50,969 votes,
somewhat less than the size of the crowd that
saw the BC Lions win the Grey Cup in 1994.
It's no secret that at least historically a low
voter turnout has spelled victory for the NPA.
That is, the fewer people who vote, the more
likely the conservative coalition is to win it
all. Consistent voters, it would seem, are
more likely to come from single-family, middle class neighbourhoods—NPA country.
This year was no exception.
But why? Why are West side residents
more likely to vote than East side residents?
Doesn't a civic election affect everyone,
regardless of area of residence?
For starters, there is the whole issue of
income and education levels.
Statistics show—time and time again—that
no matter the level of government, the higher a voter's level of education the greater the
likelihood she or he will vote. And, generally
speaking, the higher the education level, the
higher the income level.
So we have a system in which the poor
and destitute are less likely to vote than the
rich and well-off.
And we had an election which demonstrated the principle with text-book clarity.
In terms of Vancouver's civic politics,
though, where does one draw the line
between the two camps?
Home ownership seems a good indicator.
With Vancouver's real estate prices at their
stratospheric levels, home ownership is a
badge of middle-class membership like it is
in few other places in the country.
And home owners have a closer relationship with City Hall than do average renters
and thus have a more pronounced interest-
financial and otherwise—in civic politics.
Like those at no other level of government,
civic politicians make the decisions which
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direcdy affect property values and property
taxes. So home owners have an incentive to
at least pay attention to the civic race.
Combined with the income and education
voting trends we are left with a particularly
vicious cycle.
And it works like any vicious cycle does.
Civic elections affect every Vancouver citizen, rich and poor, yet only a very small
group participates, ensuring that only one
voice is heard on council, further alienating
the vast majority of tlie electorate.
An NPA sweep of every elected position in
the city only makes the cycle shorter and
harder to break.
So until some issue or movement finally
moves the silent mass of Vancouver voters,
nothing will change. No ward system, no
relief for Vancouver's beleaguered downtown east-side and little hope for any but the
home-owning middle class.
Saturday's results have been called a victory for Mayor Owen and the NPA. Which
may be true. But at what cost? The last vestiges of democracy in civic politics seem a
high price to have paid. *
EUS says no
to "circus"
Seven years ago, on December 6,
1989, fourteen female students at
L'Ecole Polytechnique were killed
by a man simply because they
were female engineering students. Engineering students
across Canada, female and male
alike, were shocked and saddened
by this event.
Since then, Canadian engineering student societies have been
holding memorials in commemoration of this tragic event, as a way
of healing and remembering.
Here at UBC, the Women's Centre
has held these memorials, with
the Engineering Undergraduate
Society's support. Many EUS
members, both male and female,
attended, and the EUS encouraged
all to go.
But over the years, many EUS
members attending these memorials, particularly the women,
have become more and more
unhappy with their content. They
were upset by incidents where,
though anyone in attendance was
allowed to speak, men who
stepped up to the microphone
were summarily booed away.
Women engineering students who
were proud that the men had
come to share in this memorial,
were ashamed by the treatment of
the men by others at the event. An
EUS representative was not even
allowed to speak at the event until
the first year that we happened to
have a woman president. They are
also upset at how this memorial
has moved away from commemoration for the women who were
killed and has become a political
vehicle against male-oppression.
Many who would like to attend
now refuse to go, due to these and
other negative experiences. I, as a
woman engineering student, am
one of those people.
The plan to make this year's
memorial into a circus of speakers, workshops, and chanting is
the final straw. This year,the EUS
and the Association for
Engineering Women (AFEW) have
decided that we, the engineering
undergraduate students of UBC,
will be holding our own memorial
and will not be taking part in the
campus-wide memorial. It will be
a quiet, dignified and respectful
memorial, where both male and
female engineering students and
any others wishing to attend will
share a moment of silence together, the names of women will be
read, and candles will be lit in
their memory. No hatred, no
grandstanding, no political agendas. Just engineering students
joining together to remember how
fourteen of their own were so tragically taken from them.
I regret-that the situation has
reached this point, but I'm afraid
there is no possibility of reconciliation. If you have any questions,
feel free to contact me at 822-
3 818, or by e-mail at eus@.ubc.ca.
Please feel free to read this letter
at the event in lieu of our attendance.
Rachel Barstow
President UBC Engineering
Undergraduate Society
Due criticism
So, it seems that someone over
there feels that students would
prefer you to devote your efforts to
cute caption writing rather than
attempting to produce a paper
somebody might someday be willing to pay a nickel to read.
Couple of examples from last
Wednesday. One was the somewhat uninforniative caption under
Leslie Nielsen's picture: "Leslie
Nielsen plays lawyer and great
man (we sense a contradiction
here) Clarence Darrow." Although
it is not the kind of thing you'd
find in a real newspaper, whose
editors would actually have some
idea of what lawyers do (beyond,
say, what they have watched on tv
during their study breaks), it was
at least pretty harmless. I would
suggest only that in deciding
which would be more valuable to
students, some information or a
dose of your wit, you might be
overestimating yourself somewhat with regard to the latter.
It was the second example that
really deserves conngratulations. A
guy who'd suffered brain damage
in an accident wrote in. He obviously now faces some very serious
problems (including a lot of anger
and some mental illness) and
wanted to tell people his story. But
what apparency interested you
were his difficulties with spelling
and grammar, which you painstakingly reproduced, printing his letter as an object of ridicule under
the headline "Car accident made
him [sic]." Now that's comedy.
My suggestion to the writer of
these two captions is that you
should have taken full credit for
your wit and put your name after
them. That way, (a) the guy who
wrote the letter could find you,
and (b) the legal community will
be aware that you won't be requiring our services when he does.
Yes sir, brain damage—nothing
funnier than that Keep up the
good work. Our student fees are
well-spent indeed.
David Garner
Law 3 THE UBYSSEY, NOVEMBER 19, 1996    1 1
Christian Coalition responds
Unfortunately, it appears that there has been miscom
munication with respect to the intent and organisation
of Christian Coalition on Campus.
We are a coalition of Christians committed lo pro
viding information m a non-denominational, non-partisan, unbiased way. Christian Coalition on Campus is
here to serve the UBC community and to equip people
with information in order to overcome the current system of politics which denies the average citizen access
to critical information. The design of the current system necessitates a new method of information dissem
ination, like Christian Coalition. Everyone is entitied to
their own voice, but as a result of the restricted access
to information, we are deprived of this tool. This deficit
of information has resulted in a deficient
process—a process not based on an
informed vote. We believe that
citizens of Canada have the
right to be informed. We
won't tell you what to think,
but we'll give you something
to think about. The Christian
Community and other like minded individuals have not had
access to these tools and therefore have been ill-equipped. By
making the electorate more
informed, electoral candidates are
forced to raise themselves to a higher
standard with better understanding of
the important issues of the day.
Christian Coalition stands for Judeo
Christian principles consisting of reduction in crime,
community interaction, neighbour helping neighbour,
protection for the vulnerable, financial responsibility,
accountability within leadership (including the AMS),
accurate financial statements from government. Do
any of these sound dangerous? Granted, these concepts seem threatening to old-style politicans used to
their comfortable place above an uninformed electorate. However, the recognition not only of the economic but also the societal challanges facing this
nation demand honest attention to solution-finding
practices. This is most obvious to those of us who have
been left with huge economic deficits which we are
required to pay.
The traditional family is the marriage of a man and
a woman which produces, supports, nurtures and
cares for its members through conception, adoption or
law. Families have been here since before government
and country. In a recent finding, the Supreme Court of
Canada, B.(R.) v. Children's Aid Society of Metropolitan
Toronto, found that the state is ill-equipped to act as parent and that the family is the preferred environment, as
do the overwhelming majority of Canadians: "A landmark Statistics Canada Survey of 23,000 children
found that 83% of kids under 12 live in a two parent
family in 1994...Moreover, the vast majority of their
families were biological families not reconstructed by
law or other means....This picture assails the idea that
traditional Canadian families are in the decline with
the rolls of mothers and fathers fading into history"
(Oct. 18, 1996, Vancouver Sun). The family unit has
withstood from the beginning of time challanges to its
integrity and usefulness. Fortunately, a majority of
Canadians recognise this.
Christians   recognise   differences
within cultures. Many acts have
been done in the name of God
that are contrary to biblical principles.  Our Scriptures say be
aware  of wolves in sheep's
clothing, and as Christians, we
will be the first to expose the
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done in the name of God.
Christians Coalition is not
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informed democracy. Personal decision-making will be present when people are
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Christian Coalition is open to anyone who wants to
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In Canada, we have the constitutional right to participate in a free and democratic society. Fortunately
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you threatened by a group which happens to support
reduction in crime, accountability within leadership at
all levels, increased voter awareness in Canada, an
informed democracy ?
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Kim McGee, Vice President
Christian Coalition on Campus
SUB Arcade bureaucracy dogmatic
My recent experiences with the staff at the SUB arcade
have crossed the line separating the bureaucratic from
the ridiculous. Here's ray story."Some months ago,
while heading to the bus loop to catch a late bus, I
realised that I needed to chajage a $5 bill, so I detoured
to the SUB to find a change machine or open business.
As usual the change machines I came across didn't
work properly sp I entered the SUB Arcade to use their
change machines. The, first machine I fried di|n't
accept my bill, but there; vMs a sign with a large arrow
on this machine potntii||> towards die adjacentjdis-
penser. Above this arrow were words to the effectjf To
exchange [other b|ils] pse the jnachine/ and below
this arrow, words Jimouiitipg to, "in the next room."
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machine. %ilajl got JfptlB Ajjpade tolens which are
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were dogmftic ab|j|t this, and the fellow in charge proceeded tofqiigsdori my intelligence at having put
money in the wrong machinef Naturally, I proceeded
to question his intelligence, authority, and if my memory serves me correctiy, his lineage. In tire end, I was
told the only possible solution was to approach the
AMS Business Manager - a proposal which I still deem
to be ridiculous. Unfortunately, having $5 in tokens
and an empty bank account, I was forced to return to
my lab and take a flat of cans'to a corner store (which
was only a short time away from closing) for a refund.
Otherwise, I would have spent the night sleeping on
the floor of my lab. On top of this the arcade staff get
those tokens free of charge.
In the interim the only other convenient way of
unloading these ridiculous tokens at cost is to hang
around the arcade and try to unload them onto one of
the many teenagers whom the AMS steals money from
in order to subiidise the excessive wages paid employees of AMS operations (businesses such as the arcade).
Me: *Pssst..Hev, kid, would you like a token?" The
indignant: response: "No way man, 1 just say no to
tokens!" Being lame in terms of being a token "pusher", I've only managed to ditch 2 of these little bastard
itlms in this fashion, so I've still got 3 of them sitting
in my wallet.
I Since the last little discussion with the arcade staff
was so regarding, I decided once again to approach
them about doing what is both responsible and obvious; though 1 won't pretend to have been overly polite
- more precisely, I was deliberately' rude. Once more I
was rebuffed (by a little miss, who refers to herself as
Uie arcade manager). T was tald that she upholds this
no refund policy because the person before her had
mlainlainifd this policy. WeO, La Di Da. Apparently
wbrking in an arcade is good training for a job as a
sindwich artist or coffee jockey, to be followed by a
lfhg stint shuffling paper for a living. Since when is an
arcade a bureaucracy, where people always "pass die
Maybe there's a noble reason for the arcade to occupy valuable space, which to my mind would be better
used for student clubs or; another business which is
useful for students, staff, and faculty. It's not really just
a form of electronic pimping is it - the best little joint
west ofthe Pecos? In noble reality, it's a way of luring
these youngsters to university, to give them the exposure to university life they si desperately need, so one
day they'll decide that UBC is so way cool/rad that it's
the place for them. Since I first blew a fuse over this,
I've come to think it's time to pull the plug on the
Todd Busch
Mechanical Engineering
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Gahlos targets atrocities in East Timor
 by Sarah Galashan
At (he age of 24 Bella Gahlos has done and seen more than
most people do in a lifetime.
One of onh three East Timorese to escape the country
sinre its Indonesian take-over in 1975, she now works to
inform Canadians about tlie situation at home.
In a speec h in the SUB last Wednesday, Gahlos spoke out
against Indonesian President Suharto and his government
for the brutal injustices she has jiersonally witnessed.
'Since the invasion in 1-97:") I have lost two of my brothers and m\ lather was imprisoned. From what my mom
has told us about what happened to my brothers, the reason
thev killed them was because they were crying from
hunger TJjpx beat |myjrrpthers|-up with their guns. They
were six and loui
They beat [my brothers]
up with their guns.
They were six arid four."
Bella Gahlos
East Timorese activist
As a young girl Gahlos herself received forced injections
of a form of birth control used to sterilise Timorese women.
It drove her to begin protesting against the Indonesian government at an early age. She was a key organiser of the
peaceful protest in the country's capital during which, she
says, the military opened fire and murdered hundreds of
Timorese. The jirotesl became known as the Santa Cruz
Massacre in Dili.
Following the Massacre, she says, she joined the military
to remove susjiicion of her involvement with the under
ground movement. "I apjilied to the militaryyouth corj)s, so
I worked with the Indonesian militarv m East Timor for
almost three years and that is the reason why I came to
Canada," she savs.
Because of her .apparent loyalty,
Gahlos was: chosenlto represent her
country in a special project aimed at
strengthening Canadian support for
Indonesian rule in East Timor. For
this she was given lessons in how to
speak, behave and act while in
Canada. "I was willing to do that...I
played the role."
Once in Canada, she applied for
refugee status and made her escape in
1994s: Since then her family has been
isolated and her mother was recently
forced by the government to call Gahlos
and ask that she stop speaking out.
Gahlos insistSslnis was the plan all
along. 'As soon as they chose me to be
part of this program we planned everything; myself my&nilyand all of the
members of the underground movement."
In her speech to UBC students
Gahlos also spoke of the thousands of
mothers who are turning to Bishop Belo
for help in locating their captured sons.
: J, Bishop Bele is the only Timorese
man who will publicly speak in East Timor for the peojile of
East Timor," said Gahlos. "Form-ample, I cannot say anything, so I go to Bishop Belo and [he| will speak for me."
The Nobel Committee recently awarded Bishop Carlos
Belo and Jose Ramos-Horta the 1996 Peace Prize for their
efforts in aid of the Timorese people. Gahlos considers it
the beginning of the end of the struggle.
"The more the international community puts pressure
on the [Indonesdian| government, and we keep resisting, I
don't think that things are going to be permanent. It just
takes time," she told The Ubvssev.
Gahlos spoke with the Canadian government about the
struggle in East Timor, but fears their interests lie less with
speaking out for human rights than with making money
BELLA GAHLOS, who spoke at UBC last Wednesday, is one of only three East Timorese
to escape that country since the 1975 invasion by Indonesia, richrd lam photo
through trade which includes arms sales.
Government figures obtained under access to information legislation show Canada has made S 1.2 million in mil
itarv arms sales to the Suharto government in 1994, and
hasapproved more than S360 million dollars in arms sales
in 1995.
The message Galhos wants Canadians to hear is that
"their government is involved in this genocide. [Canadians|
should write to their government, describe tlie situation in
East Timor and ask their government to support the United
Nations resolution on East Timor."
"I don't see my future here," said Gahlos of her hopes to
return to her native country. "I have a country called East
Timor, That is mine.'  ♦
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