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 Celebrating 90 years!
October 15,2008 \ www.ubyssey.ca
blowing against the wind since 1918 \ volume xc, number 13
UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
Liberals blame NDP
for poor showing
1 per
seats| cent |
Harper returns with
stronger minority
Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh and Hedy Fry at the Sheraton Wall Centre results rally, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
by Katie Hyslof
News Writer
Liberal candidates in three Vancouver ridings blamed the New
Democratic Party and Green Party for a decline in Liberal seats
and a stronger Conservative minority in Tuesday's election.
"New Democrats need to
decide whether there is any
use for the federal NDP in
this country today if it's going
to mean at the end of the day
a right-wing government led
by Stephen Harper," said Ujjal
Dosanjh, Liberal incumbent for
Vancouver South, at a Liberal
rally in downtown Vancouver,
October 14.
Dosanjh, who beat out Conservative candidate Wai Young
by less than 1000 votes, is a
former NDP premier of British
Columbia. He says he chose to
run Liberal in the 2004 election
because he wanted a progressive government for Canada.
"They accused us of lengthening the life ofthe government
because we felt it wasn't appropriate to go to an election,"
said Dosanjh. "Now, the shoe is
going to be on the other foot if
I have anything to say about it.
I will not support Mr Harper on
any vote whatsoever, unless we
decide to."
Vancouver Centre Liberal
incumbent Hedy Fry agreed
with Dosanjh, saying the NDP
and Green Party platforms confused voters.
"I think the people didn't
know how to vote. People wanted a progressive government,
but they didn't know where to
go, and you know most Canadians believe what people say,
and when Jack Layton said he
could become a prime minister,
they believed that he could,"
she said.
"I'm just saying that most
people, the majority of Canadians, did not want a Stephen
Harper government and they
ended up getting what they
didn't want."
Overall the Liberals only
secured five seats in British Columbia, includingjoyce Murray
in the Vancouver Quadra riding,
compared to 22 Conservative
seats and nine NDP. This mirrored a decrease in seats across
the country, as the Liberals won
only 76 seats, compared to the
Conservatives with 143. Xi
CUP Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-The Conservative
Party has secured another mandate from Canadians.
As of press time, ballots were
still being counted in the 40th
Canadian General election, but
all media outlets projected a
Conservative win, already having
won 143 seats as of 9:05 pm. The
Liberal party was projected to win
76 seats—a significant drop from
the 103 they won in the 2006
Students turned out to vote at
polling stations across Canada.
Two University of Ottawa students who identified themselves
as Lisa and Molly said they were
told they'd have to go to another
"It's odd, and kind of inconvenient. It shouldn't matter where
we vote as long as we vote," said
As of midday, none ofthe three
polling stations at the University of
Ottawa had experienced problems
with long lineups. At Sacre-Coeur,
individuals came and went in a
slow trickle.
An election official at Sacre-
Coeur who did not wish to be
identified, suggested that some
stations nearby had run out of ballots, and more had been ordered
from Elections Canada.
During the campaign, student
lobby groups launched campaigns to improve voter turnout
and discuss issues and the party
The Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS) national office
launched voteeducation.ca, while
the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations (CASA) embedded an
election centre in their website at
"From what I've been hearing
from our provincial representatives and our local representatives
is there's been quite a bit of enthusiasm about the federal election,"
said CFS national chair Katherine
"I think we've accomplished
the goal of raising the issues
among our members, and educating our members."
CASA national director Zach
Churchill was also satisfied with
his organization's campaign.
"Our campaign was a very successful one. We had over ten million impressions on the Internet.
That's people who saw our advertisement at least, and hopefully
clicked on our website or video,"
Churchill said.
"Our members were very active. We had on-campus debates
organized by every one of our
members across the country, [and]
we had local candidates talking
about post-secondary issues in the
ridings that we were targeting."
Giroux-Bougard says she was
disheartenedthatthe Conservative
Party had declared some all-candidates' meetings on campuses to
be off-limits to their local MPs. *2I
OCTOBER 15, 2Q08
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
Taste of Yaletown • Choose your
favourite three-course menu at set
prices at select Yale town restaurants, partial proceeds go to the
Greater Vancouver Food Bank.*
Tix $25/35/45, Oct. 14-26 *
Sins of the City Tour • Take a two
hour tour through the oldest parts
of Vancouver, discovering the city's
history of crime. • Tix $15, Tours
leave Wed. 2pm, Fri. and Sat.
4pm. www. vancouverpolicemu-
seum. ca *
Potters House of Horrors • Come
and be terrified in a haunted
house featuring five themed
rooms and more. • Tix $12/10,
Oct 15-31 6-1 Opm. www.potters-
houseofhorrors.com *
Green Drinks • Interested in
environmental and sustainability
issues? Come to Steamworks Pub
this Wed. • Third Wed. of each
month, 5:45pm, Steamworks Pub
(375 Water), www.greendrinks.
org *
Vancouver Police Museum presents this two-hour tour through
the oldest parts of Vancouver,
exploring the city's rich history
of vice. • Tours leave Wed. 2pm,
Fri. and Sat. 4pm, until Oct. 18. •
More information at www. vancou-
verpolicemuseum. ca/ *
Fall Book Sale • Thousands of
books on sale to the public rang-
ng from 25 cents to $2.25. Oct.
16-19 at the Vancouver Public
Library. Cash only. • More information at www.vpl.ca/*
Fright Nights At The PNE • Featur-
ng five new haunted houses, the
Nightmare Maze, four shows, and
access to Playland rides. Warning
definitely not for ages 12 and under, seniors 65+, people with sensitivity to strobe lighting, people
with high blood pressure, heart
conditions, pregnant women, or
scaredy cats. No guest costumes
allowed. • Playland, Oct. 16 to
Nov. 1, 6pm More information at
The Bible for Beginners * The
Bible for Beginners is an informal,
no pressure examination of one
of the most famous books in the
world. Meet over lunch (Mondays
12-1 pm in SUB @ tables near
Starbucks) or coffee (Wednesdays
2-3pm @ Ike's Cafe in the Irving K.
Barber Center) to learn about this
strange book. • revnathanwright@
mac.com *
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost
Train • Mortal Coil Performance
Society presents a pirate-themed
adventure featuring actors, dancers, performers, puppeteers,
swordfighters, hat-making, paint-
ing, storytelling, and the Haunted
Children's Farmyard. • Oct. 10-
Nov 21, Stanley Park Miniature
Railway (Stanley Park). Tix $9/5.50
(plus service charges and fees) at
www.ticketmaster.com More info
at www.vancouverparks.ca/*
CiTR SHiNDiG • UBC's own CiTR
Radio's battle of the bands. Hosted
every Tuesday at the Railway Club
• Ongoing every Tuesday until
December 9, Railway Club (579
Dunsmuir) More info at 604-681-
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
• Two-hour trolley tour visits
locations like the Mountain View
Cemetery and the Vancouver
Police Museum's autopsy room. •
Oct. 17 to Nov. 1, 6-9:40pm. More
information at www.vanmuseum.
bc.ca   *
October 15
Margaret Atwood - Payback *
The most prestigious lecture series
in Canada teams up with legendary poet, novelist, and essayist
Margaret Atwood to deliver a surprising look at the topic of debt.
• Oct. 15 @ 8pm.  Chan Centre.
$10 for students More information at http://www.chancentre.
Citizen Kane *"\ always gagged
on the silver spoon." • Wed. Oct.
15-Sun Oct 19 @ 7pm.  Norm
Theatre in the SUB, $4 general
admission, $2 for members More
information at www.ams.ubc
ca/clubs/filmsoc *
Wanted • "So, bending bullets
Can you do that?"  • Wed Oct.
15 -Sun Oct. 19. Norm Theatre
in the SUB, $4 general admission,
$2 for members More information
at www.ams.ubc.ca/clubs/filmsoc
October 16
'Get in on the Plan!' Vancouver
Campus Plan Workshop * Looking
ahead to the next twenty years,
how do we create a UBC Vancouver campus that supports a world
class community of scholars?
Attend one of the open houses or
workshops hosted by Campus and
Community Planning to get an
update on the Campus Plan review
process and review three options
for how the campus can grow
and change. • Oct. 16, 20, 23
More information at http://www.
campusplan.ubc.ca. *
October 1,
Women's Volleyball • After losing
to Trinity Western last week, the
squad hopes to bounce back to its
original form. • Oct. 17 7pm, War
Memorial Gym. *
Men's Hockey • The hockey team
will host its season opener, but
unfortunately they will have to
play in the Bauer Arena due to
circumstances. • Oct. 17 7:30pm,
Father Bauer Arena. *
October 18
Men's Soccer • The team has not
lost a single conference game
this year and hopes to extend its
lead by beating Victoria. • Oct. 18
12pm, Thunderbird Park *
Women's Field Hockey • After
qualifying for the nationals, the
team will finish up their season
against Alberta and head to postseason. • Oct. 18 2pm, Wright
Field *
Women's Soccer • The squad
clinched their playoff spot, but
hopes to beat the Victoria Vikes
this weekend as UBC trails three
points behind the Vikes in Canada
West. • Oct. 18 12pm, Thunderbird Park. *
Explore Your Planet • The
Pacific Museum of the Earth at
UBC hosts a Department of Earth
and Ocean Sciences open house
featuring museum tours, short
talks by departmental scientists,
and demonstrations of earth and
ocean sciences concepts. • Oct.
18, 10am-5pm More information
at www.eos.ubcca/resources/mu-
Pop Culture Collectibles Fair •
Featuring comic books, DVDs,
books, records, toys, and magazines. • Oct. 18, 10am-4pm More
information at www.geocities.
com/turnbuckle99/ *
UBC Apple Festival • A family
event for all, UBC Apple Fest celebrates one of BC's favorite fruits.
One of the most popular events
would be the apple tasting, with
over 60 different varieties to try
from for just $3. Buskers provide
musical entertainment throughout
the day • Oct 18-19, 11am-4pm.
UBC Botanical Garden. $2 entry
fee. Free for under 18 *
October 21
Vancouver International Writers
& Readers Festival • The Vancouver International Writers Festival is
one of North America's premier literary events, held annually over six
days in late October, and attracts
the world's best writers to Vancouver. Internationally renowned
and undiscovered authors mingle
with 12,000 readers of all ages in
intimate, interactive and informa
settings on Granville Island. •  Oct.
21-26 More information at http://
www. writersfest. be ca. *
Ace it! Exam Prep and Performance Strategies • Learn where
and when you should study, how
to organize your notes and how
to prepare for your exams. Also
get tips on handling different
types of exams.  • Oct. 21, 2008
I2pm-1:30pm, Dodson Room,
Chapman Learning Commons
Register at www.students.ubc
ca/workshops *
October 23
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble •
Avi Jacobus, Tuba soloist: Strauss
Horn Concerto for Tuba • Oct. 23,
12-lpm, Chan Centre More information at www.music.ubc.ca. *
Gladiator • Bravely go where
over 600 UBC students have gone
each year before. This is your
chance to take on your toughest
competitors and compete in your
favorite American Gladiator challenges - as a team! Whether you
are navigating your way through
a colossal maze, racing through
the inflatable Ironman obstacle
course, or duking it out on the
joust, this event is filled with nonstop action. This not-to-be-missed
event takes place over two nights.
CoRec teams of six to ten sign up
for a two-hour time slot on either
Thursday or Friday evening. Who
will be the next UBC Gladiator? •
Thursday, Oct. 23 6pm-Saturday
Oct. 25 6pm More information
more info, please contact Michelle
Lazar (mlazar@recubcca) *
Life Sciences Pancake Breakfast
•There will be live music at the
event and a 50/50 Draw at the
Life Sciences Pancake Breakfast •
Thursday, Oct. 23 8-11am. Life Sciences Centre - West Atrium. $5 *
Deep Lez: Performing Utopia on
Womyn's Land • Ann Cvetkovich
will discuss her ongoing research
as a long-time worker at the
Michigan Womyn's Music Festival,
focusing in particular on the
distinctiveness of performance on
womyn's land, both onstage and
off. • Oct. 24, 11am-12:30pm.
First Nations Longhouse,
UBC. More information at
h ttp://ccfi. educ. ubc. ca/even ts.
php#october24 *
If you have events you want
listed here, e-mail us at events®
October IS'", 2008
volume xc, n"13
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Will Goldbloom and Trevor Melanson happily tied the knot
this long weekend. Steve King and Raien Naraghi got the
privilege of being the best man and bridesmaid, respectively. Jennifer Mackenzie headed the ceremonies, with the
help of Kyrstin Bain and Paul Bucci. Among the VIP attendees were Shun Endo,Mark Phelps, Helaine Boyd, Kellan Hig-
ginsjoe Rayment,Ricardo Bortolon,Celestian Rince,Andrea
Bucci,Kristen Ford,and Maria Cirstea. Unfortunately,Justin
McElroy, Stephanie Findlay, Rebecca Tebrake, and Li Kathy
Yan were unableto attend the festivities. Insiders say there
are two children on the way,with Katie Hyslop and Raeven
Geist-Deschamps being prospective names. Later that eve-
ning,Gerald Deo wasfound passed out in a bush.
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Election 2008 RESULTS
Meredith buoyed despite defeat
Steven Harper celebrates his enhanced minority, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
by Rebecca TeBrake
News Writer
Conservative candidate Deborah Meredith conceded defeat
at her campaign headquarters
in Vancouver Quadra last night,
but she and her supporters
remained in high spirits about
Conservative breakthroughs
provincially and nationally.
Meredith was surrounded by
friends, family and the media in
her packed campaign headquarters at West 16th and Macdonald.
She lost to Liberal Joyce Murray
in a rematch ofthe March 2008
federal by-election.
"There are lots of good stories tonight and maybe still
some left to be told," Meredith
said. "In Vancouver Quadra, we
are disappointed. We worked
hard and had fun and I can't
think of anything that we could
have done that we didn't do."
Meredith named Alice Wong
in Richmond, Andrew Sexton
in North Vancouver, and John
Weston in West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast as other success
stories of the campaign. The
Conservatives won over 45 per
cent of the popular vote in BC,
taking 22 seats.
These breakthroughs did not
result in Conservative wins in
urban Vancouver ridings such
as Vancouver Quadra.
That didn't dampen the
spirits of Meredith's supporters, who were holding onto the
possibility of a victory in Vancouver Quadra until the end of
the night. "I am waiting for the
advanced polls and the special
ballots. They are the last to be
counted and last time we won
them quite handily," explained
Ray Leitch, Meredith's campaign manager.
The campaign tried to get
out the vote early. There were
6600 people voting at advanced
polls and 1100 voting on special
Meredith supporters were
buoyed by her lead in the polls
early in the night, but by 9pm
her numbers started to drop.
Despite Meredith's dropping numbers, shouts went up
from the crowd when CTV News
reports confirmed Conservative
wins across the country.
"We know BC is unhappy with
the Liberals. It is good to gain
ground and see others doing
well," said Michael Hungerford,
one of Meredith's supporters.
Despite her defeat, Meredith
says she isn't finished with Vancouver Quadra. "To my competitors, make no mistake, we do intend topaint Vancouver Quadra
blue." vi
The NDP rocks it with beer and cookies
y yesterday, drew Thompson photo/the ubyssey
by Raeven Geist-Deschamps
News Writer
Michael Byers may have fallen
short in his bid for parliament,
but that didn't stop the NDP
from celebrating their showing
last night. With 3 7 seats won
across the country, the NDP had
their second best result for a
federal election last night.
The local rally for Vancouver
candidates in East Vancouver's
Heritage Hall had an extremely
slow start, but the enthusiastic
and committed volunteers did
not stop smiling for a second.
Under the tall ceilings, there
was yelling and clapping as the
results started trickling in at
7pm. Some Conservatives were
heckled when they appeared onscreen, but old members, new
members and one man with a
Hugo Chavez shirt mingled and
were happy to discuss their passion for the NDP.
David Caplan, the NDP candidate  for Vancouver Quadra,
kept the hope that citizens
would avoid the strategic vote
and "vote with their conscience
and the principles they advocate
and...for the people they want to
see in Ottawa." Unfortunately
for Caplan, he finished in fourth
place in the UBC riding—perhaps
a result of his late entrance into
the race after the resignation of
marijuana activist Kirk Tousaw.
The other UBC NDP connection, political science professor
Michael Byers, failed to break
through in Vancouver Centre,
losing to longtime Liberal MP
Hedy Fry. Byers thanked his
supporters and declared his
intention to run and win in the
next federal election. While one
particular UBC graduate in the
audience declared that all the
parties were out of touch with
students, Byers declared the experience would make him a better professor and he would keep
advocating the same strong NDP
education platform that features
no interest on student loans.
However, it seemed most of
the crowd was waiting for the results from Vancouver-Kingsway,
and whether Don Davies would
deliver for the NDP. The riding,
located in the heart of Vancouver, was won by Liberal David
Emerson in the last election.
With Emerson deciding to retire,
many believed that the NDP had
the inside track for taking the
seat—a prediction that proved
correct. Davies defeated Liberal
Wendy Yuan by 2800 votes for
the victory.
As Davies entered to deliver
his speech, people started chanting, standing on chairs and
screaming. He brought the key
supporters to his campaign on
stage in gratitude. The energy,
passion and pride were evident
on many of the NDP supporters' faces this evening. It was a
local victory, ironically enough,
and the NDP's members see no
slowing down of the pace. \l
Greens win no seats, but remain optimistic
Adriane Carr in the Green Party's Vancouver Quadra headquarters, here-
by Li Kathy Yan
News Writer
The atmosphere was surprisingly jovial at the Green Party's
Vancouver Quadra headquarters, despite failing to capture
a seat. Yet there was reason
for celebration; this election
has been the biggest success
for them ever in BC. Party organizers offered appetizers on
platters at Performance Works
on Granville Island, and a large
groups gathered with beer bottles or glasses of wine in hand.
Open green umbrellas hung
upside down from the ceiling,
complementing the campaign
signs displayed at the front of
the room.
With 9.3 per cent of the popular vote, the Green Party fared
best in BC. Dan Grice, the can
didate representing Vancouver
Quadra, pulled in 8.8 per cent
of the votes, finishing in third,
while Adriane Carr, former provincial party leader, and candidate for Vancouver Centre, won
over 18.58 per cent of the vote
in Vancouver Centre.
The bustle in the room
increased as Carr was invited
on stage multiple times to give
speeches. Her enthusiastic
proclamation, "Numbers aside,
I feel great!" brought cheers and
applause from the supporters in
the room. She said that she was
proud to be the deputy leader,
and thanked the supporters for
the "good times together."
Carr handed out green
scarves to the Green Party's
other candidates in a ceremony—what she termed "the Order
ofthe Green Scarf."
Dan Grice said he was "hopeful about the future ofthe Green
Party." He said that the election
this year had been a great experience and that it would help to
mould the future of plans ofthe
Despite the optimism in the
room from the party leaders,
some supporters were disappointed. Kelly Bunting, a home-
maker from West Vancouver,
was unhappy with the results.
"I was surprised that we got a
minority," she said with a sad
smile. "I was hoping for at least
a different minority."
On the Green Party's national results, she shrugged and
said, "Well, 6.8 per cent [ofthe
popular vote] wasn't that much
more than the last election." \l 4 | NEWS
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AMS: No to the NCAA
Motion passes without dissent; Duncan
pledges campaign for lower fees
by Justin McElroy
News Editor
In a move that could put a major
dent in the plans of UBC Athletics, the AMS passed a motion
last Wednesday rejecting the proposed move to NCAA Division II.
The motion, brought forward
by President Michael Duncan,
passed without any opposition—
an indication of both the lack of
enthusiasm for moving to the
NCAA, and larger AMS concerns
around the direction and management of UBC Athletics.
"Students care a lot about
this issue," said Duncan, who
announced that the AMS would
immediately begin two sets of
consultations with students, one
focusing on the NCAA, and one
focusing on the benefits—or lack
thereof—students receive from
the athletics and recreation fee,
set at $207 for this year.
Reasons for siding against
against the NCAA varied. Some,
such as Arts Undergraduate Society President Avneet (A.J.) Johal,
took issue with the NCAA review
committee's claim that moving
out ofthe CIS and into a Division
II conference could "enhance
school spirit and pride."
"I don't see increased pride
in our university happening
when we're playing universities
like Hawaii University, or Dixie
State. I think pride is instilled
when you play institutions like
the University of Alberta, or the
University of Calgary," he said,
adding "If every single councillor is not in favour of this...then
there's something, in my view,
very wrong with how this is being presented."
Commerce Undergraduate
Society President Spencer Rocky
agreed, and cited a lack of confidence in the management of
UBC Athletics as a large reason
for his opposition to the NCAA.
"I don't have the faith or
trust in UBC Athletics to give the
benefit of doubt...I'd rather stay
with the status quo until they can
prove that they're going to be acting in the best interests of UBC
and students as a whole."
Others, like engineering
representative Andrew Carne,
cited potential issues with the
academic environment of being
in the NCAA.
"It's not going to do anything
to improve student life at UBC,
and if anything it's going to damage the image of athletics," he
said. "At our meeting, we had
a girl who went to a Division II
NCAA school, and said this is not
good for UBC, it's going to harm
our reputation."
But most of the concerns
brought forward by councillors
revolved around the current
direction of UBC Athletics. At
$455, students at UBC currently
pay by far the highest rates in
Canada for the combination of
athletic fees and a eight-month
gym membership. In addition,
Athletics, an ancillary service of
the university, is budgeted for a
$2.7 million surplus in the 2008-
09 year, without any substantial
improvements to recreation for
"The biggest concern for me,
and I think for a lot of people, is
that we already have substantial
issues in providing recreation
access to students," said Duncan. "The move to NCAA would
only further that, with increased
travel costs, increased coaching
costs, increased scholarships,
and those monies are going to
have to come from somewhere."
Bob Philip, director of athletics, has said that athletic fees are
an issue that will be addressed
in the future. At the same time,
he said "we would like to address
the issues separately," adding
that "As far as we're concerned,
we don't see it being related to
where we play varsity sports."
Duncan disagrees. "They are
two different topics, but they are
related. The NCAA issue allows
students to press really hard on
the inherent issue of recreation
on campus. And that's because
Athletics has to listen to us right
To that end, the AMS will be
pushing students to voice their
opinion through the official feedback form provided by the NCAA
Division II review committee.
Consultation with the campus
community on the NCAA will
be concluding on October 22,
at which point, the review committee will present the feedback
received to the administration.
It is expected that UBC will
make a decision on whether to
proceed with formally applying
to join the NCAA by mid-November. And if the opinion of Science
Undergraduate Society President
Jamil Rhajiak is any indication,
support from students will be
"Students know a sour deal
when they see one," he said. \a orts
Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
October IS, 2008 | Page S
SHRUM BOWL 2008|So close, yet so far
Last second
field goal
UBC from
by Mark Phelps
Sports Writer
In front of a packed stadium,
Shrum Bowl XXXI was decided
in dramatic fashion Thursday
night. With 2.3 seconds remaining and fans from both teams in
a frenzy, SFU kicker Jeffery Biles
nailed a 38-yard field goal as time
expired, allowing the SFU Clan to
walk off the field as Shrum Bowl
champions for the first time in
five years.
Trailing 19-17,with 1:17 left
in the game, SFU quarterback
Bernd Dittrich marched the Clans
down the field and into position
to win the game. With 12 seconds
left, Dittrich connected with SFU
receiver Tony Strong on a 22-yard
bomb to put SFU just within field
goal range. SFU hero Jeffery Biles
did the rest, sealing the game
for the Clansmen, a hard fought
20-19 victory over the Birds.
An elated Biles after the game
shared, "the Shrum Bowl is the
biggest game of the season. It
doesn't get any better than this.
I was trying to keep a clear head
before the kick and win it for
the team." SFU head coach Dave
Johnson enforced that it was a
team win. "We made plays when
we needed them. We told the kids
before the game that we didn't
need anything spectacular from
them, just play their role and the
game will be close."
Despite another heartbreaking loss for the T-Birds at home,
UBC looked in control of the
game late in the fourth quarter.
"We played hard for four quarters
and played a good team [SFU],
Someone had to lose," UBC head
coach Ted Goveia, remarked after
the game. "Overall it's a disap
pointing loss, but it's not the end
of the world."
In the first half both teams
played hard-nosed football, running the ball and looking to control the clock. UBC kicker Shawn
Mclssac hit three field goals and
UBC running back David Boyd
added a touchdown on a ten-yard
scamper through the SFU defence.
At the end of the half, UBC was in
good shape leading 16-10.
Overall its a disappointing loss, but its not the
end of the world.
— Ted Goveia, Head Coach
In the second half, SFU regained the lead near the end
of the third quarter after Biles
hauled in a 13-yard touchdown
strike from Bernd Dittrich. UBC's
Shawn Mclssac answered the
SFU score quickly and remained
perfect through the evening as
he hit another field goal midway
through the fourth quarter to put
UBC ahead 19-17.
Throughout the fourth quarter UBC's defence held the SFU
offence in check. "The defence
gave us a chance to win the game
tonight. They were great," acknowledged Ted Goveia. With two
minutes left in the game, UBC's
defence stuffed the SFU offence
on a third down and one yard
play. It appeared that UBC had
the game within their grasp.
However on the ensuing possession, the UBC offence, led by
first-year quarterback Bill Greene,
was unable to move the chains
for a first down and had to punt
the ball back to SFU with 1:14 left
on the clock. SFU's game-winning
drive ensued.
The loss was particularly hard
for the Thunderbird seniors. They
tasted defeat in the Shrum Bowl
for the first time and had their
last playoff chances eliminated.
Fifth-year starting safety Alex Betts remarked after the game that it
"was a tough way to lose because
we battled hard all night. It's
definitely an emotional loss for
everyone, not just the seniors."
The T-Birds now are 2-5 in
Canada West competition and
will host the Saskatchewan Huskies in two weeks to wrap up the
season. SFU improved their record to 5-2 after winning Shrum
Bowl XXXI. After not winning
a single game the past two seasons, SFU sits atop the Canada
West standings and will head to
Saskatchewan this week looking
to capture the Canada West regular season title. \a
TOP Devin Kavanagh falls on to
the ground after the loss.
BOTTOM RIGHT Dave Boyd was
imited in his running game
against the Clan's defence
BOTTOM LEFT UBC fans cheer
for the Birds earlier on in the the
game when the squad still had
the lead, brandon adams photo/the
Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
October IS, 2008 | Page 6
Documentaries and government funding cutbacks
by Steve King
Culture Writer
The big issue in arts right now
is government funding and subsidies. Stephen Harper and his
minority Conservative government have been continually cutting funding in the arts. Harper's
partisanship to the "ordinary
working people...[who] turn on
the TV," with no interest in hearing about expensive film festival
galas, has effectively polarized
the Conservative regime against
Canadian artists and cultural
With reality TV becoming
increasingly popular, documentaries on television have been
facing increasing competition for
airtime. The Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), however, is still a great place to see
a lot of interesting docs. Some of
these docs will appear on television, some will be released for
theatrical distribution, yet some
will only be available to see at the
VIFF or other film festivals.
Documentary films offer innovative perspectives of looking
at the world. They develop sophisticated arguments that can help
form a better understanding of
the world at large. Ranging from
experimental to environmental
and expository to interpretative,
documentaries at the VIFF this
year shared the common theme
of being made up of ideas.
One Water deals with the crisis of available fresh water in the
Third World. Shot in impressive
high-definition, water shortage is
illustrated through epic vignettes
shot in 14 different countries
across the world, showing the
perils the poor must endure to
get fresh water. The film suffers
for being overtly ethnographic,
however. It relies on a narrow
range of experts, and a didactic
voice-of-God narrator to tell its
story, instead of letting the images speak for themselves.
On the other hand, The Limits
of What We Know, which had its
world premiere at this year's
VIFF, is made up of interviews
with a wide range of everyday
Zimbabweans. It tells a story
about place, the land and the
ecology of Zimbabwe, through
the voices of those who live
there. Canadian Director Amy
Bodman worked part-time on
the film over a span of 15 years.
She funded it entirely herself, as
she did not receive any grants,
nor was she able to receive a tax
break because the film was shot
before the cut-off date of 2003.
In response to Harper's criticism
about arts funding, Bodman said:
"I immediately began to feel guilty
because Vancouver is flying me
out and putting me up as a world
premiere, but then from my
one...airline ticket they're paying
for, there's six...other people who
are paying their own way to come
to the Vancouver film festival
who wouldn't be buying the ticket
otherwise....That's encouraging
spending that wouldn't be there
otherwise....I do believe that arts
funding really stimulates the
economy...That it's not a waste
of tax-payers money."
Another world premiere at
the VIFF this year was the Ca
nadian doc, Addicted to Plastic.
Shot over a two-year period, the
film follows the director, Ian
Connacher, as he investigates
the adverse effects of petroleum-
based plastic products. From its
ubiquitous role in day-to-day life
to the major environmental and
health problems that it creates,
plastic becomes an easily identifiable signifier for wider environmental and social concerns. Far
from painting a picture of doom
and gloom, however, the film
explores alternatives to harmful
plastics, such as bio-plastics that
are made from vegetables. Connacher, like Bodman, funded his
film from his own savings. He
said that initially nobody was interested in funding his film, but
now 12 broadcasters have picked
it up. Connacher said "You just
have to take the leap of faith and
believe in the story you're trying to tell, and if it's pertinent
enough or relevant enough then
I think it will sell. Not everyone
has the fortune to do that on their
own, but I think sometimes you
have to take that risk."
However, not all of the documentary films at the VIFF have
markets outside of the festival.
Two such American films, Mock
Up on Mu, and RR are not likely to
have a commercial distribution.
Mock Up on Mu, a campy film
collage made up mostly of found
footage, is a revisionist history
lesson about the formation ofthe
American counterculture. Conspiracy, new-age religious cults,
and rocket science inform Mock
Up, which in turn seems to have
influenced a similar viral video
movement on the World Wide
Web. Just google it. Alternatively,
RR, in 111 minutes, presents 45
consecutive static shots of trains
passing through anonymous rural landscapes. There is nothing
wrong with looking at trains for a
couple of hours.
Documentary films at this
year's VIFF showed how individual filmmakers were able
to tell interesting and relevant
stories. Believing in an idea
and following it through got the
films made, but they would not
have had much meaning without
receptive audiences. The film festival is a place for the formation
of dialogue based around ideas.
Art has a function in society, and
we will have a rather uninteresting culture if art becomes too
diluted. 13 OCTOBER 15, 2008
Are you TIFFing my VIFF?
by Will Goldbloom
Culture Writer
Every year the Vancouver International Film Festival takes
place immediately after its Eastern Canadian rival and is always
overshadowed by the glitzy Perez
Hiltoned, red carpeted, Toronto-
nian event.
As a Torontonian, the decision to move to Vancouver for
my undergraduate degree was interpreted by many of my friends
as one that was mainly based
on accessibility to marijuana. It
illustrated my conviction that Toronto was not necessarily the cultural capital of English Canada,
and that if I settled in Vancouver
I would gain access to a part of
Canadiana that was borne from
the Pacific and shrouded by the
Rockies. I learned that this kind
of isolation does more harm than
good when it comes to one of the
foundations of mainstream culture: American, celebrity, Hollywood-inspired film fests.
During my final year of high
school I decided it was high
time to see a film at the Toronto
International Film Festival. I
had dabbled in some smaller
festivals—queer, documentary,
IMAGES-but the TIFF seemed to
have too many barriers to accessing tickets. One morning I lined
up outside of the main ticketing
office at Bay and Bloor on one of
the first days that tickets were being sold. I waited for 45 minutes
before I was greeted by a woman
with a headset.
"I'd like two for Raspberry
Reich please." My friend and I
discussed that if we were going
to see any film it would be Bruce
LaBruce's take on the "Homosexual Intifada."
"Uh...is that it?" she responded. Feeling as though I had been
judged by what may have been a
poor choice in film I responded
with a strident, "Yes!"
A week later my friend and
I arrived at an overly crowded
Cumberland Cinema and found
its last two seats, near the back
of the theatre. The turnout was
incredible, especially for a film
that received very little press
coverage, had no notable stars,
and due to its subject matter,
would appeal to a relatively limited crowd. I was redeemed from
my teen-angst perspective of the
TIFF as an overly corporate,
star-crazy excuse for an artistic
endeavour. The TIFF became
something that I, as a Torontonian, could be proud of.
At the beginning of my first
year at UBC I was ready to dive
into Vancouver culture (as in the
arts, not as in doing the Grouse
Grind every Saturday morning).
I was previously unaware that
there was a VIFF, and at the time
I thought this ignorance was a
sign that there was a wealth of
cultural capital waiting to be
tapped into by the curious Eastern Canadian.
I found a date and went to see
Estamira, a Brazillian documentary about a schizophrenic woman living in a landfill just outside
of Rio de Janeiro. Although itwas
a captivating film, it was not the
best thing to see on a first date
(he did the hand-on-thigh move
as the woman suddenly started
to speak gibberish into the camera. I thought, this isn't really the
right time, but then again there
wasn't any appropriate time
given the unwavering, haunting
nature ofthe film).
The crowd at this screening
was far different from the TIFF's,
aside from the noticeable distinction in apparel (polar fleece,
rain-gear and wool). There were
far fewer people, even though the
film was much better than Bruce
LaBruce's. And the people who
were there seemed uncomfortable, unsure about why they were
there. The overly cinematic ads for
the festival, which came on before
the screening, appeared as though
their production required a greater number of people to produce
than the number of people who
would view them. All in all, I left
the cinema feeling somewhat dejected. I wrongly assumed that the
most liveable city in Canada was
also the most cultured. There's a
lot more riding on Vancouver's
reputation for the 2010 "Cultural
Olympiad" than I thought.
The best way to summarize
how I felt about both festivals
would be to describe each person
that accompanied me to the two
films I saw. The Torontonian: an
old friend who was excitable, artistic and sometimes obnoxious.
And the Vancouverite: a new
mate who was uncomfortable,
somewhat vacuous and utterly
unsure of himself. Who would
you choose? \a
The post-modern mob
by Jennifer Mackenzie
Culture Writer
"To the average tourist, or even
the devoted Italophile, the Italy
of Roberto Saviano's Gomorrah is
an utterly unrecognizable place,"
said reviewer Rachel Donadio
from The New York Times.
"There is no Renaissance art, no
leisurely lunches or bustling piazzas, no world-class design, no
achingly beautiful landscape."
What kind of Italy did Vancouver audiences see at the VIFF
last week as they watched Gomorrah, the 156-minute, Italian anti-
mafia film based on Saviano's
documentary fiction?
We saw an Italy that is updating its own international
stereotypes by critiquing the
diamond-studded mafia film
genre as much as the Camorra
(the Neapolitan mafia) itself. We
also saw an Italy that's unwilling
to let its reputation for cinematic
innovation go. The film's style
delicately balanced war reportage and the avant-garde, and will
be much imitated in the future.
Finally, we saw an Italy
where daily survival implies involvement in immoral and irresponsible economics. This is an
"alien land of doped-up child soldiers, gun-toting clan women, illegal Chinese immigrants, sweatshops, drug smuggling, garbage
I and cement," said Donadio.
How utterly unrecognizable
I is this place? The film's weak
ness in an international festival
lies in this; audiences may not
know that elements of this hellish landscape are easily recognizable all over Italy today.
Far from Naples, families
are living at the limits of their
incomes, industries are being altered by immigrant work forces,
farmland is being sold to developers, and badly planned suburbs are imprisoning the people
they should house. These are
some of the most recognizable
problems facing Italy today and
we can see them at work in many
countries, including our own. Illegal organizations are only one
of the ways in which people are
implicated in global processes of
From what better perspective
can we think about these global
changes than Italy's, whose still-
standing Renaissance piazzas
and achingly beautiful landscapes once made us think that
we could go on vacation and stop
time? 11
This semi-autobiography was
penned by veteran director
Lars von Trier. The Danish
film depicts a group of students
journeying through film school.
Funny in criticisms and inspiring to devoted filmmakers, this
film makes you smile.
Zatoichi director Takashi Ki-
tano follows the life of a boy
with a passion for painting but
not enough talent. Sympathizing with a character's struggle
is an emotion Kitano masters,
making this film a must-see for
people who understand success
as a journey, not a destination.
A character-based Russian story
that explores love through the
eyes of a few villagers. Though
the   film   carried   charismatic
cinematography, the story felt
empty. Its repetitiveness and
ambiguousness made a good
excuse for audiences to leave
the theater.
This animated war documentary explored the Lebanon War.
The film is based on the experiences of director Ari Folman
and his allies in combat. The
dark visuals are stunning, ob
serving the pain of war. A must
see for all.
Academy Award nominee Majid Majidi [Children of Heaven)
hit VIFF with his realist drama,
the Song of Sparrows. The film
has a beautiful way of touching
our emotions, as it follows the
life of an Iranian villager struggling to support his family.
Nothing new in its story, but
definitely a difference in how
the story is told.
This deeply poetic Hungarian
film shows the life of a long lost
brother returning to his family
after many years. The film is
very slow in storytelling and
rich in imagery. It's like watching a turtle complete a race:
slow but beautiful.
—by Raien Naraghi
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The AMS asked the federal candidates in the Vancouver ridings
to take a stand on the AMS'federal policies on post-secondary funding,
child care, housing, transportation, and immigration (displayed below).
• A reduction in the student loan interest rate to at most prime.
• A dedicated post-secondary education transfer to the provinces distinct from the Canada Social
Transfer; framed by legislation modeled on the Canada Health Act to clarify how
these federal funds can be spent.
• The replacement of tuition, education, textbook,
and student loan tax credits with upfront grants for students.
• Federal funding of student grants untied to loans.
• Increased federal funding committed to building child care spaces.
• A federal housing plan and dedicated federal funding.
• Federal funding for mass transit infrastructure serving UBC students.
• A more efficient immigration process and more effective accreditation recognition
for foreign-trained professional and skilled trades people.
The graph below shows the degree to which the federal candidates in the
Vancouver Quadra, Vancouver Centre, Vancouver Kingsway, and Vancouver East ridings
agree with the above policies.
Federal Candidates'Agreement with AMS Policy
AMS Policy
Failed to
10 15 20 25 30
Number of Responses
The Green candidates supported nearly all of our
policy positions, as did the Liberals
(but only half of them bothered to respond).
The NDP, on the other hand, responded with
alternative policies
on the student loan interest rate, tax credits, and
linking grants to loans.
None ofthe Conservative candidates returned our
survey, except Vancouver Quadra candidate Deborah Meredith who did not respond to the questions
but provided us with Conservative platform sound
bites. Other student unions in Vancouver have also
had little or no response from Conservative candidates in their advocacy efforts.
Vancouver Kingsway Conservative candidate
Solomon Rayek's campaign told us "we don't have
time to fill out long surveys" because "surveys don't
accomplish anything for us."
For complete survey data and detailed responses, please check out our elections website at www.amsubc.ca
Don't forget to vote today!
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Sign up for one ofthe Workshops (same format for all workshops):
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Please register. Phone 604-827-3465 or email stefani.lu@ubc.ca
Or drop in to one ofthe Open Houses:
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October IS, 2008 \ Page 9
Radical Beer Faction
Campus Space: Where's the party at?
The battle for bookable spaces isn't student friendly
It is tough for a club, or anyone
for that matter, to find a place to
book on campus.
The immediate thought is
to consult the web. Search UBC
bookings, and you will get UBC
Housing and Conferences and
Classroom Services. They both
advertise a number of spots
around campus as "affordable"
and "convenient" for booking.
However, one will find them to
be neither. If you are not an academic, non-profit, or corporate
group (i.e. if you're a campus
club) you will undoubtedly be
told to just try booking a student
space, or be given a set of hoops
to jump through.
While both Housing and
Conferences and Classroom Services claim they will not usually
charge student groups fees, they
will charge outrageous fees if the
event takes place outside of normal operating hours. It should
be noted that almost all buildings are closed on Saturdays and
Sundays, and most are not open
past 11pm. Not exactly easy or
affordable if you are a budget-
less student group.
This brings us to the next
booking option: Undergraduate
Societies. Unfortunately, when
we run through the list we find
that they are similarly difficult
in their booking. There is the Engineering Cheeze, but its capacity is limited, layout is awkward,
and costs more than some clubs
can afford.
Science's new Abdul Ladha
Science Centre, though shiny
and new, is under the control of
the faculty, not the Undergrad
Society, making a radical party a
tad harder to throw.
Commerce, before the construction began, had its POITS
room in the basement. It was
unbookable by non-Commerce
groups, and it is doubtful that
the Sauder School will open its
doors to the public. As far as this
ninja knows, there is no bookable student space in Forestry
or HKin—both groups use the Pit
This brings us to MASS,
built with Arts student fees and
leased by the Arts Undergraduate Society, it is fully controlled
by the students and priced as
such. The lease agreement, while
maintaining a strange clause
prohibiting the affixing of tinfoil
to the windows, is open for licenced events, and anything else
under the sun. Having capacity
of around 180, and costing only
$50 for the night, it is by far the
best deal on campus. The RBF
likes this space for parties, and
uses it often.
But what about the SUB?
While the SUB is officially under
the control of the AMS, it has a
full set of staff, and subsequent
bureaucracy, to take into account. Despite being free for
clubs, there are strict timelines
and cumbersome policies rivaling Classroom Services. This is
not even taking into account that
the SUB resembles a series of
highschool multipurpose rooms,
with a church gymnasium. The
SUB is hard to fill, hard to decorate, hard to book and hard to
throw a great party in. While SUB
Renew promises more and bet
ter bookable spaces, that is some
tenyears down the road and does
not help those who need a venue
to fight the War on Fun.
The RBF is here to fight that
War on Fun, and want to reinforce the idea that campus is for
students. Tuum est. And while
liability, security and insurance
are serious issues for University
spaces, students should not be so
limited in their options.
Ration: Oct. 15 - 20. Tree
Brewing's Thirsty Beaver — This
hoppy beer is perfect as summer
turns to fall, offering a crispy refreshing taste to accompany the
changing season.
War on Fun: Status Update
It seems Corporal Worsley's
replacement, Cpl. Charlotte Peters, was out and about making
appearances at all of the gatherings, and even busting a few
moves at the Cheeze. The RBF
looks forward to what looks to be
a bright and friendly future with
the new team, \a
The SUB is hard to fill,
hard to decorate, hard to
book and hard to throw a
great party in.
Students for a Democratic Socie
Wall Street Bailout is Bull Shit
$700 billion fails to fix the problems on Main Street
The current bailout bill that recently passed the US Congress is
nothing short of highway robbery.
The personal involvement of
Henry Paulson demonstrates this
clearly. Paulson was, from 1974
until 2006, employed at investment bank Goldman Sachs. He
did well for himself, rising all the
way to CEO.
During the last few years,
Goldman and other large financial
institutions oversaw the massive
expansion of ABS (Asset-Backed
Securities). ABS pool revenue
streams from payments like mortgages, auto loans, credit cards bills
and student loans, chop them up
with fancy mathematical instruments, cover them with confusing acronyms, and then sell to
investors, like banks and mutual
funds. It led to a huge expansion
of credit, often to high-risk people
with an extremely dubious ability
to repay their debts. It also allowed
for huge leveraging—loaning out
more than you have in backing
assets—of these financials. The
only economic activity in all this
was the creation of more suburban homes, and all the things that
come with suburbia—SUVs, big
screen TVs, Xboxes and Xanax.
However, these things have no
intrinsic productive value (their
value comes solely from the payments made on them) and indeed
have considerable maintenance
costs, making them liabilities in
many respects.
This worked wonderfully, in
the form of ballooning housing
prices and huge payout for the
finance gurus who engineered the
whole system—until, of course,
it didn't. The reasons for this are
numerous. Housing prices started
to fall in late 2007. Adjustable
mortgage interest rates in the
subprime market (a big source of
underlying revenues for the ABS
market) started to ratchet up, and
the people who could barely make
the payments at 1-2 per cent began to fall behind and default on
their mortgages.
By now, the real economic
problems of Main Street USA (as
if suburbia had a Main Street)
started catching up: stagnating or
declining real incomes, related
to inflation and US government
economic policies. Just a partial
list would include: huge deficit
spending, two disastrous and immoral wars, rising trade deficits,
the disintegration of job security
and quality, and the rising price
of food, energy and manufactured
goods because of declines in world
net oil exports and the resulting
run-up in prices.
All this means the risks of
default can no longer be ignored.
Now, all the securitized risk "assets"   held   by  these   financials
and banks must be written down
and their true value—often next
to  nothing—must be  revealed.
Large-scale de-leveraging is the
inevitable end result.
Now, here's where Henry
Paulson comes back into the
story. Paulson, shortly after
leaving Goldman Sachs as CEO,
was appointed to secretary of
the treasury in the Bush administration. He is one of the main
architects behind the "bailout"
proposal, which offers $700 billion of taxpayer money to buy
up these securitized "assets" at
many, many times their true value. Interesting as a side note, in
early 2007 Goldman executives
continued making more money
by short-selling these same securities, essentially betting on
the downturn of the subprime
market they helped create.
Paulson and Bush have done
this to "save" Wall Street, and by
extension, Main Street. However,
this is both backwards and false.
Backwards, in that it doesn't fix
the long-standing problems on
Main Street that have led to the
problems on Wall Street. It is
false, in that the ultimate fallout
in securities will run up to trillions of dollars. Even with the
"bailout," most of these financials
will still be insolvent (having
more liabilities than assets) and
will still eventually go bust. The
underlying   problems   affecting
Main Street won't go anywhere.
It may buy some time for
the politicians to get through
the November election, and the
CEOs to collect their Christmas
bonuses for A Job Well Done™,
but not much else. Then again,
it might not, and if it does, it will
be as much from luck as from
good planning. Realistically, one
should expect as much from a
situation where the people creating the problems also get to "fix"
those problems. \a
Even with the "bailout,"
most of these financials
will still be insolvent...the
underlying problems affecting Main Street won t
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Our view
Hoping that the playoff
drought will end soon
The playoff spot was on the line. In a packed stadium, the Birds kept
the hopes high for the fans till the fourth quarter when the ball flew
into the air between the two yellow bars. The scoreboard signalled
the score clearly, 20-19. So close, yet so far. For the first time in five
years UBC handed the Shrum Bowl to SFU.
Though the playoff hopes were extinguished in the chilly air,
there could be two perspectives on the Birds that might be derived
from the Shrum Bowl. The first and obvious argument would be that
itwas a typical year for the Birds. This would be a season where they
would raise up hopes after winning a couple games at the beginning
ofthe season, only to tumble into a never-ending losing streak. Such
was the case in 2008. After losing to SFU in their first game, the
T-Birds came back to win two games in an impressive fashion, but
once again they compiled careless misses—notably the botched time-
management at the end of the Regina game—to let the season slip
away from their hands.
Now, the view from the inside might be a bit different. If the
games are looked at closely, there could be another argument that
states that the program is on the verge of a breakthrough. After the
two wins, the Birds had almost went to 3-1 against the Regina Rams,
until the aforementioned clock misunderstanding. Then in the following game against the Calgary Dinos, the Birds led till the fourth
quarter, but the defence allowed a comeback that could have been
prevented. And then we all witnessed the Shrum Bowl. Dominating
for most of the game, the Birds had done it once again by losing
crucial points in the final stretch.
The conclusion is that the Birds are close. The team has all the
ingredients set except for some detailed tasks that could be worked
on for the next season. Then, maybe we could see the football team
scream in triumph rather than having their heads down as they exit
the stadium.
This being said, disappointment is still the word that summarizes
the 2008 season. It is important to strengthen the team with new
recruits, but let's be honest—after thrashing SFU for years, it is a pain
to watch the Birds lose to the Clan twice in a season. Hopefully, the
mediocre season for the squad is but a passing phase, but the ray
of hope is still dim. At some point, changes will have to be implemented...or else we'll have to have the entire Ubyssey staff try out for
the team next year. It couldn't hurt, could it? \a
The elephants in the room
"An election is no time to discuss serious issues." So said Kim Campbell during the 1993 federal election. And although she was vilified
for saying such a thing, the truth is that plenty of issues get shunted
to the sideline in the course of an election. That's not to say they
don't get brought up—but generally, the breadth and nuance of policy
options on the table get distilled to a few key ideas.
In this election, issues at stake were eclipsed by the economic
fallout. The Conservative party's economic platform, or lack
thereof, has received criticism. Harper's nonchalance about the
plummeting financial conditions was fodder for the media in the
last two weeks. And when Harper was not panicking about the
markets the headlines were dominated by the next topic du jour:
Dion's eloquence on CTV.
Amongst the immediacy of the financial apocalypse and
stumbling Dion, foreign policy issues were ignored—principally
Canada's military involvement in Afghanistan. Nearly eight years
in and 11 Canadian deaths later, Canada's commitment to Afghanistan needs to be explored.
On September 11, Conservatives promised most troops will be
out of Afghanistan when the current commitment ends in 2011.
On October 9, Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page reported
that Canada's efforts in Afghanistan will carry a total price tag of
about $14 billion to $18 billion by that time. For the present time,
Page has asserted that the debt was misreported by up to $3.65
billion. "The actual incremental costs could exceed the parliamentary appropriations," said the 55-page report.
The opposition has focused their attacks on Harper's credibility as well as his government's transparency. But this backward
approach is onerous. Why weren't the party leaders offering plans,
solutions, insight to Canada in Afghanistan?
And then there's the environment. It's funny—we could have
sworn that for over two years, the environment was a huge issue
on the minds of Canadians. The leader of the opposition talked
about the environment incessantly. Pundits were pontificating
that this would be the first "Green Election." Pundits turned out
to be wrong. When push came to shove, Canadians decided that
green issues weren't actually something worth discussing in an
election. Dion's carbon tax bombed when it became apparent that
people weren't actually willing to walk the walk when it comes to
the environment.
So here we are again. Another sizable Conservative minority. Another Liberal leader at risk of being turfed. In another 18
months, we'll probably be at this again. At that time, will Canadians demand real debate? \a
by Trevor Wolf
Just wanted to say that the
quality of The Ubyssey has
improved astronomically this
year (or at least these first two
months of school) compared to
when I first started at UBC three
years ago. Website looks great,
articles are actually well-written
and cover things that matter.
Thanks and please keep up
the great work.
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Political Science 4
Web comment on Our endorsement for the elections
Not that I particularly care
whichpartyyou endorse, butwhy
on earth would you so cheaply
lump in Stephen Harper's reac-
tion to the economy with John
McCain's? The fundamentals
of the Canadian economy *are*
strong. 0.3 per cent delinquency
rate on mortgage payments vs. 3
per cent in the US. The soundest
banking system in the world as
determined the World Economic Forum. The highest growth
in jobs last month since 1976
(which still means phenomenal
job growth when you exclude
Elections Canada personnel).
Growth is going to drop down to
0.9 per cent, according to RBC,
which still is not a recession.
And a stock market "crash" that
is less than the losses during
the 2000-2002 bear market that
we have clearly bounced back
We can't lump ourselves
in with the US If there is going
to be a recession, Canada is in
the best possible position to
withstand it. I'm not voting Con
servative but Stephen Harper's
response to the economy has
been the best thing in this election aside from the carbon tax.
We're only panicking *because*
it is an election year in both the
U.S. and Canada and that's resulting in some very mixed messages from the news, but at the
end ofthe day the fundamentals
are strong.
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"Riding....All of
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she seems like
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who doesn't
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Voting wrong, this election and last
by Eric Nadal
Perspective Writer
After casting their votes on Tuesday, many Canadians may have
felt a strange sense of relief, a
feeling of, "Whew, I'm glad that's
over with." There will be no more
personal anguish over whether
(and how) to vote strategically,
no more fear-mongering over
wasted votes and pleas for voters
to desert their favoured party,
and no more elaborate online
Needless to say, this sort of
approach to politics leaves much
to be desired. Why, you might
wonder, do we settle for a political process that encourages us to
overlook our true preferences—to
strategize like politicians rather
than exercise our best judgment
as citizens?
The underlying problem is
the electoral system itself: "First
Past the Post." Voters are only
allowed to express one choice,
or preference, and in each riding
only the candidate with the greatest number of votes gets a seat.
In addition to inviting strategic
voting, this means that a large
fraction—even a majoritzy— of
voters in a riding can oppose the
winning candidate and elect no
local representative of their own.
It also denies Canadians "proportional representation," in that if a
party were to secure 40 per cent
of the vote it might get anywhere
between 20 and 70 per cent ofthe
seats in the House of Commons.
In other words, our current system does not ensure the people
will get the representation and
government they voted for.
So, when looking over the
latest election results, be sure to
compare the percentage of seats
a party has won to its share of
the vote nationwide, and note
the stark difference. A common
result under our system is for a
party to win a "false majority," securing a majority ofthe seats (60
per cent, say) despite receiving a
minority ofthe votes (sometimes
less than 40 per cent). Geographically localized parties such as the
Bloc are also enormously advantaged, while national parties
such as the NDP and the Greens
are routinely deprived of their
fair share of seats.
As I write this, at Democratic-
Space.com/Canada2008 the Conservatives, with 34 per cent of
the vote, are predicted to win 42
per cent of the seats. This is just
higher than the Liberals and NDP
combined, even though these two
have 46 per cent voter support.
Meanwhile, the Bloc is predicted
to get 16 per cent of the seats
with only 9.6 per cent support,
less than the Greens (at 10 per
cent), who will nevertheless be
left seatless. These predictions
may be off, but one thing is certain: Tuesday's election results
will be very skewed.
The electoral dysfunction
can be even worse in provincial
elections, as BC's recent political
history demonstrates. In 2001,
the result ended up being so lopsided that the opposition parties'
43 per cent vote share elected a
mere two MLAs, and BC had no
official opposition.
The good news is there are
other electoral systems out there
that can avoid these collective
headaches and allow for a more
cooperative politics and better
functioning governments. In
fact, the majority of democratic
countries use proportional voting systems. It's about time we
On May 12, 2009, BC voters
have an opportunity to choose
a fair and proportional voting
system: BC-STV. BC-STV was rec
ommended by the BC Citizens'
Assembly (a group of randomly
selected fellow citizens like
ourselves) after an entire year
of voter consultation and deliberation. BC-STV was supported
by a solid 58 per cent of British
Columbians in 2005, just shy of
the 60 per cent required, which
is why we have a second chance.
This is why UBC students voting
for BC-STV could make all the
BC-STV looks at each voter's
complete preferences, eliminating the need for strategic
voting. It ensures that parties
get their fair share of seats by
allowing candidates to compete
for multiple seats in each local constituency. It also means
that each constituent will have
more choice at the ballot box
and more representative and
accountable MLAs to depend
on for local representation and
assistance. As Fair Vote BC
President Bruce Hallsor put it,
"British Columbians have a historic opportunity, not only to fix
our broken system provincially,
but also to jump start necessary
reforms across the country."
If you want to learn more about
BC-STV and electoral reform, please
visit our website at www.stv.ca.
When looking over the
latest election results,
be sure to COmpare the
percentage of seats a party
has WOI1 to its share of the .VOte
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