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Friday, 24 February, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
Talking totem poles in Scotland
Storytelling is one of the oldest ways of connecting people"
by Johanna Yaworsky
"Storytelling is an incredibly
important part of First Nations
Culture/ says Caroline Sproll, a
member of the organising committee that is behind the UBC
Storytellers Project. "We learn
such a lot through listening."
The project is a student-initiated series that has already brought
some prestigious local storytellers
to the First Nations Longhouse
here on campus every second
Friday afternoon, between 12-
2pm. Philip Manuel, Caroline
Sproll and Jessica Deutch gave
birth to the idea during a First
Nations Studies department meeting in autumn of 2005.
The concept was to host a regular, free event, whereby different
storytellers would come and take
the floor. The emphasis was on
sharing knowledge through a
medium that is at once specific to
First Nations culture and yet universally recognised as a means of
understanding the lessons, of the
past and sharing them with a new
"It's also a powerful means of
sharing cultures," says Sproll.
"This traditional means of sharing knowledge deserves to be
focused on here at UBC—learning
does not have to be limited to the
LISTEN UP: Prestigious local storytellers are gathering at the First
Nations Longhouse on Friday afternoons,  kellan higgins photo
The importance of cross cultural experiences was exemplified by
recent guest Aaron Nelson-
Moody, who came to the long-
house and shared stories from his
community, the Squamish nation.
Nelson-Moody freely admits that
he is not a professional storyteller; he is an artist who specialises in traditional carvings.
Nevertheless, he managed to
entertain the 25 or so guests in
attendance, and captivated each
for over an hour and a half telling
as he told stories and recounted
memories from his own community. He initiated a mass eagle
dance along to some traditional
drumming and singing.
Nelson-Moody also spoke
about the project he is involved
with that is building totem poles
in rural communities in
.Scotland. There, First Nations
carving skills are welcomed and
the totem poles have become a
means of bringing together generations and regenerating traditional skills. This interaction
between Scottish and Canadian
First Nations culture demonstrates how transferable traditional crafts can be, and how
sharing can be an extremely rich
experience for all involved.
The   series   also  provides   a
respite  for  Aboriginal students
here at UBC.
"Within Aboriginal communities the feeling of belonging is
important so when we are here at
university and feel stressed out
due to the heavy workload the
feeling of belonging is sometimes challenged, says organizer
Manuel. "This event serves to
give back a renewed sense of
community, storytelling is one of
the oldest ways of connecting
Since its debut in January of
this year, the series has really
taken off. There are more guests
at every event, more people volunteering their assistance to the
project, and even more signed up
to the project's mailing list. The
committee has long been in the
process of planning a larger, daylong event that will take place at
the beginning of April.
"The April event will acknowledge the significance of storytelling in one big celebration,"
says Manuel. "There will be performance artists, singers, native
dancers, even Metis fiddlers."
It promises to be a vibrant
day, and with no cover charge
and the offer of a free lunch, it
should be a great opportunity for
people to get on campus and get
For more information check
out the website http://ubcstory-
tellers.bravehost.com for the
next friday afternoon event and
for more information regarding
the storytelling series. II
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Friday, 24 February, 2006
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'Twas story-telling time. Claudia Li opened her book,The
Adventures of Greg Ursicand Jill Orsten by Kellan Higgins.
Eric Szeto, Champagne Choquer, Andrew MacRae and Joanna
Yaworsky all scampered to the circular rug to listen to the
story. Simon Underwood sat at a distance, too cool to listen
to a story but secretly interested.The teacher, Caroline
Chung, knew all her students very well. Nick Black and
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ftf'f THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 24 February, 2006
Culture 3
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Flawed Freedomland
is better off forgotten
Susan Smith case inspires another
mediocre missing child movie
Now playing
by Catherine Hart
If you've seen the trailer—with its
spooky, dry ice-filled woods and ominous abandoned orphanage—you
may, like me, be expecting
Freedomland to be a supernatural
thriller akin to The Forgotten, that
other Julianne Moore film about a
missing child.
But there are no aliens in this tale
and the search party we do have
would be better deployed recovering
the film's missing storyline.
The movie opens with a catatonic Brenda (Moore) wandering
down darkened streets towards
the general hospital, where she
pushes open a door and leaves
an ominous bloody handprint
behind. When Lorenzo Council
(Samuel L. Jackson) arrives to
investigate the incident,- it
becomes appears that Brenda was
carjacked with  her  four-year-old
son still in the back seat. The perpetrator? The generic "black man."
Cue a scene of dizzying camerawork, as crazy as poor Brenda,
which appears to give Lorenzo an
asthma attack. It's the first of
Freedomland's many loose ends.
The first hour isn't bad; racial
tension simmers as Armstrong,, the
black housing estate, is locked
down by cops from the neighboring
white town of Dempsy in a search
for the child and his abductor.
Lorenzo is left to keep the peace, to
protect his Armstrong turf and to
placate his trigger-happy superiors
while trying to find the missing
child before a riot ignites.
Based on a book by Richard
Price, the story was inspired by
the real-life case of Susan Smith
who, in 1994, claimed to have
been carjacked by a black man
while her two children were in the
back, when in fact she had killed
them earlier. It raises some important issues—as one character so
astutely observes innumerable
police resources are assigned to
the search for the missing white
child when black children have
gone missing from the neighborhood without any comparative
level of response.
Further exploration of these
themes could have been enough to
pull the film through all the foreshadowing that never plays out,
the characters that enter and then
just disappear, and every other
irritating question left unanswered by the wayward script.
But the movie loses its momentum when it tries to explore these
deeper issues. It seems to highlight
these  racial  tensions  only when
Lorenzo needs to illustrate a point
about prejudice, but scrambles to
address the vumerability of innocence and the struggle for redemption. In the end, the potential to
become something substantial is
lost in its efforts to be eveiything.
Some sterling performances
help Freedomland along: Moore is
convincing as a troubled former
addict who has lost the one thing
that made her "somebody* for the
first time in her life. And Jackson
slips naturally into the role of frustrated and exhausted hero and
father to the underdog, and Edie
Falco  (known best  as  Sopranos'
Carmella) pulls off what is
arguably the best scene when, in a
pivotal moment, she talks Brenda
into revealing the truth through
her own tale of loss.
Freedomland tends to focus on
character over plot; the convoluted
and cliched events act as catalysts
for some poignant exchanges and
impressive character development. However Price and director
Joe Roth would have done better to
pick a theme and stick with it, so
that important issues of race and
prejudice didn't need to compete
with a psychologically probing tale
of loss. II
Thirty inches of Saget or the novelty in hearing Danny Tanner curse
River Rock Casino February 10
by Sean Lee
Family-oriented television was the
cornerstone of the 1990s and
those lucky enough to remember
this era know how truly great it
was. As a child of the early 80s, I
caught the tail end of the futuristic-disco-cop craze that ushered in
shows such as Night Rider, Miami
Vice and Hawaii Five-O. But North
American audiences soon grew
tired of flower print shirts and big
hair, taking solace and comfort
with their old friend—the "family
sitcom.* From the Brady Bunch to
Blossom, every one of these series
works around a series of common
themes; strip away all the window
dressing and cute kids, and it
becomes abundantly clear that
these shows are as about as original as John Grisham novels. To fall
into this elite category, a series
must have all of the following
traits: 1) A bunch of disgustingly
sweet and lovable kids that form
the foundation of a 2) idyllic boring family unit that is headed by 3)
one or more flawed, yet messiahlike parental guardians that keep
the family together week after
The formula outlined above is
essentially the entire plotline
behind one of the greatest and
most prolific family shows of our
generation, Full House. Running
from 1987 to 1995, Full House
followed the life and times of the
San Franciscan Tanner Family, in
which three young girls were
raised by their unwaveringly
responsible father, and his two
loveable, yet completely clueless
best friends. Sure, the show was
essentially Three Men and a Baby
stretched over, eight long years,
but there was something about it
that made it an undeniable hit.
The success of Full House ignited
the careers of the infamous Olsen
twins, scored John Stamos his hot
model ex-wife Rebecca Romijn,
and most importantly made the
entire cast household names
and instant pop culture icons—a
reality that no one knows better
than Danny Tanner himself, Bob
Thrust into the limelight with
his role as the father in Full
House, Bob Saget has proved that
there is life after sitcom television.
Besides his well-known role as the
host of Americas Funniest Home
Videos, the ending of Full House
led Saget to dabble in film, directing Norm MacDonald's Dirty Work
and taking short, yet memorable
roles in Half Baked and this past
summer's hilarious documentary.
The Aristocrats. However, beyond
film and TV, Saget spent time
doing off-Broadway theater in New
York City, and is currently trying
to re-establish himself in stand-up
comedy, the field that first got him
noticed by Hollywood.
Recognised as being one of t]ae
most foul-mouthed comedians
today, Bob Saget's live show is a
return to the adult-themed crude
comedy that got him started, but
stands in stark contrast to the
character of Danny Tanner.
Something about this about-face
just seems cheesy and contrived—
a gut instinct that was confirmed
when Bob Saget paid a visit to the
River Rock Casino Theater on
February 10.
Sitting in the press box of the
beautiful River Rock Show
Theater, I already had a pretty
good idea what to expect from the
show. The lobby was lined with
posters indicating the act was
inappropriate for minors, and at
one .point, local .psfiudo.-celehrity.v
Red Robinson came on stage to
warn the crowd once again about
the  upcoming  subject matter.   I
Saget remarked
repeatedly that he'd
had relations with
regularly engaged in
gay sex with john
Stamos, and imparted
upon the audience
the invaluble
knowledge that dave
Coulier, Full House's
Uncle Joey, shaves
his genitals.
knew it was going to be lewd, and
I knew that the jokes would likely
revolve around the Full House era,
but what I wasn't expecting the
impressive turn out. By the time
the lights dimmed and the.opening act came out, most of the theatre's 950 seats were full. I was
blown away by the response—especially .. considering _ the    $52.50
price of admission—but it became
apparent very quickly that the
turnout was largely encouraged by
the novelty of hearing Danny
Tanner say "fuck.*
Prior to Saget taking the stage,
local comedian Graeme Clark
came out and tried to warm up the
crowd with mixed results. Clark
looked understandably nervous
(w^io would have thought that the
show would be packed), but despite
a few early jitters he did fairly well,
with his standout joke making light
of the potential confidence-boost
that would inevitably follow a sexual encounter with a soccer mom.
After a 20 minute opening act,
Saget finally took the stage and the
crowd took to their feet giving
Danny Tanner a full standing ovation, to which he responded with
graciousness and a string of four
letter words. Saget surprised me
with the beginning of his act,
which was spent mostly attacking
obnoxious audience members, and
at the pinnacle of the show, Saget
actually confiscated a ringing cell
phone and publicly humiliated the
phone's owner by searching
through the call history and making a call to his parents live on
stage. However, despite these rare
gems of hilarity, most of the act
revolved around Full House, and
attacks on former co-stars.
Saget remarked repeatedly that
he'd had relations with Kimmy
Gibbler, regularly engaged in gay
sex with John Stamos, and imparted upon the audience the invaluable knowledge that Dave Coulier,
Full House's Uncle Joey, shaves his
genitals. Obviously such details
offended some people, as an older
audience member left visibly disgusted halfway through the set,
only to be confronted by Saget and
serving as the butt of later jokes.
The reliance on Full House material began to wear thin about 45
minutes into the set, and at that
point Saget did the unthinkable
and pulled out a guitar—you know
that it's all down hill from here.
After about ten minutes of lame
cover songs, Saget ended the act
with his so called mission statement of the evening, in which he
played the Weird Al-esque parody
of the Backstreet Boys' "I want it
that way*, cleverly proclaiming
(ed. see sarcasm) that "Danny
Tanner was not gay.*
Don't get me wrong, I'm not
claiming that the show wasn't
funny, as it certainly had its
moments; however, I was a little
disappointed that the act felt more
like a Full House cash-grab, than it
made an honest attempt at a legitimate stand up routine. With a
show that lasted barely an hour
and thirty minutes (including the
opening act), I couldn't help but
feel a little cheated, especially
considering the high-priced ticket
for what was at best a B-grade act.
I wanted to like this show, I really
did, and perhaps I was expecting
too much, but coming out of the
stinky press entrance to the theater, I felt unsatisfied. Oh well,
not all is lost: at least I can still
relive the joys of my childhood
with the release of Full House
on DVD. 11 . ... 4 Culture
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American armament
documentary fails to
engage informed viewer
Now Playing
by Greg Ursic
The US reliance on private enterprise to meet the growing demand
for weaponry in the arms race
with the Soviets led to the creation
of a very cozy relationship
between government and industry. President Eisenhower
referred to the coupling as the
"military    industrial    complex,"
While intriguing and at
times outrageous, jarecki
repeatedly stumbles in his
delivery. ...the bulk of the
film focuses on events in
the past five years,
...rehashing what has
already been covered' in
previous documentaries...
warning in his 1960 farewell
speech that citizens "...must not
fail to recognise its grave implications...the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power persists. We must never let the weight
of this combination endanger our
liberty or democratic process."
Apparently nobody was hstening.
In Why We Fight, writer/director
Eugene Jarecki argues that the US
defence budget—$1.3 trillion and
growing—and the revolving door
relationship between the government and the defence industry has
led to the development of an
increasingly  imperialist   foreign
policy over the past sixty years. And
when products prove to be lemons,
as in the case of the fifty precision
attacks launched in the opening
salvos in the US invasion of Iraq,
every single armament failed to hit
its intended target, where was the
outrage or call for a government
Jarecki interviews include current and former members of the
CIA, the Department of Defence,
the government and policy specialists, and many of them share his
grave concern. Simply put,
defense contractors provide jobs,
and jobs translate into votes. The
most notorious example provided
recounts the construction of the
B2 bomber, where every district in
the US was given a piece of the
contract pie. When the program
had huge cost overruns, not only
did no one in Congress speak out
against the project, but they voted
to extend the contract instead.
While intriguing and at times
outrageous, Jarecki repeatedly
stumbles in his delivery. While I
can accept that the defence industry may exercise undue influence
on American foreign policy, this is
nothing new—the US regularly
deployed troops throughout
Central America in the first half of
the twentieth century to protect or
extend their economic interests.
Also, while he alludes to past
events, the bulk of the film focuses
on events in the past five years, in
large part rehashing what has
already been covered in previous
I also found the editing to be
sloppy at times, leaving the story to
veer off along unrelated tangents.
Finally, the side stories that are
meant to frame the piece—the father
who lost a son in 9/11 and the naive
young man who thinks that joining
the military will solve all his problems—are poorly integrated within
the narrative of the film.
If you're not familiar with US
foreign policy, have missed the
slew of documentaries about the
US in the past year or rely on CNN
for your news Why We Fight might
well prove to be a revelation. If
however you keep up with world
events, it's like watching CSI
Miami after a CSI marathon—
you've seen it before, and the novelty wears quickly.  IB
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III THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 24 February. 2006
Culture 5
To go where no band has gone before
Good Records
by Momoko Price
My first impression of Pilotdrift's
new album after listening to the
first few tracks? 'Man, when these
guys decide to start making music
people want to hear, they're going
to be huge."
The sound of this up-and^oming
prog-rock quintet is unapologetic,
experimental and very ambitious.
Past reviewers have described their
sound as a 'cinematic' or 'visual'
musical experience, though I had my
doubts about being able to 'see' it
firsthand now that my shrooniiiig
days are long behind me. But even
under the stark, unflattering light of a
sober state of mind, kaleidoscopic
imagery seems to naturally unfold
itself as this album runs its course. I
could be falling victim to my own
personal flashbacks, but I'm fairly
confident that I won't be the only
one getting wonderfully weirded
out by the efforts of these five musical alchemists from Texas.
Water Sphere is the kind of
sprawling production that comes
about once in a blue moon, when a
band has committed itself to creating
something that, though it may not
necessarily be a cut above, is at the
very least a cut beyond. Bands often
create with this kind of abandon after
they've gorged themselves on the
spoils of more commercially profitable endeavours, and the outcome,
fueled as it can be by boredom, nostalgia or desperation, can sometimes
suck (does anyone remember Guns
N'Roses' The Spaghetti Incident? I
didn't think so).
And then there are the groups
whose whole schtick is to go where
no band has gone before pretty much
all the time. From what I can tell,
Pilotdrift is one of these groups, and
Water Sphere (only their second
album) is a mixed bag of shit and diamonds. The album starts off with the
rock opera-like overture 'Caught In
My Trap,' which is reminiscent of
Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody in
pomp and party-ness (think powdered wigs and electric guitars) and
eventually settles into the cosmic,
lounging feel of "Bubblecraft."
I was pretty unenthused about the
spacey tunes until the third track,
'Passenger,' which would likely be
their pop-up-video single if ever they
bother to put one out. The music
subsequently dives back down into
weird, dated melodies for a good
three more tracks, finally coming to
the surface with 'Ring of Symbols,'
and breaking open and stretching out
like a sunrise with "Comets' and 'So
Long' (a monumental track that
makes taking the bus to school feel as
dramatic as being the first person to
land on Mars).
Pilotdrift creates music for the
music lover who is willing to spend a
few bucks just to hear something dif
ferent, the kind of listener who will
appreciate a track for its adventur-
ousness, not just its dance-floor
demand or its sex appeal. That said,
even if their album is a little hit-and-
miss over the stereo, I'd bet that with
the right preparation, seeing a live
Pilotdrift show would be simply
out-of-this-world. II
Talking with Pilotdrift: "We elaborate a story through music, like a film score without the film"
For me, the first thing that comes to
mind when reflecting upon Texas
and its legacy of popular music is
Stevle Ray Vaughan and the bluesy
rock for which the state has since
become famous. The last thing to
come to mind, and most likely
wouldn't is a band that could be
the love child, of Pink Floyd and
Radiohead. ^
However/Pilotdrift is just that
baby, a mix between extended rock
ballads that wouldn't be out. of
place in a rock opera, and new-wave
etectronica a la Radiohead.
On the phone about an hour out
of Tucson, Arizona, keyboardist/guitarist Eric Russell is amused by my
perplexed thoughts,, that such a
band could be the product of a state
so well known for Its country and
blues, and agrees that the band's
sound is not typically Texan/"
"Bluesy rock gets kinda bland,"
says Russell/'t guess what happened
was we stoped listening to what the
radio played..we found Radiohead
and realised there is so much more
going on but there than what we
were surrounded with."
Russell explains that most of the
guys had known each other since
they were youngsters, and so were
listening to a lot of the same music
and were all discovering new music
at the same time. Yet when asked
who their influences were, Russell,
struggled to pin any down. "It's hard
to say who our influences are
because we just do what we like/'
Although Kelly Carr is the main
songwriter/each^member of the
band has input on what the final
product should be, often with
elaborate instrumentation (ranging
from a brass section with strings all
the way to a sitar).
"The style just calls for [elaborate
instrumentation]. We get an image
in our head before [recording
begins) and then the song just
moves that way. We elaborate a
story through music, like a film score
without the film."'
*' Although the band has been
together forabout two years or so,the
biggest moment for them had to be
when they fouridout they were going
to support Brit rockers Supergrass.
"We were all really big Supergrass
fans, so it was really cool to hear they
wanted us to support them on their
The album Water Sphere works
almost in the manner of musical theatre, albeit closer to the a"ark sounds"
of Tim Burton animation films than
anything ever written by Gilbert and
Sullivan. Pilotdrift open for
Supergrass oh Sunday at the
Commodore, My advice—if I may
take the liberty of giving it— is check
them out at this intimate venue
--Nick Black
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Feature 7
Cascadia should be first and foremost an ecotopia
It's been a persistent dream for both earnest separatists and ironic freedom-fighters for decades: to create an independent nation
of the Pacific Northwest. If you were to wake up in Cascadia tomorrow, what would it really be like, anyway?
by Frieda Luk
Features Writer
Western Alienation. The West wants in.
With the election of a conservative
government, some pundits say that the West
is finally in, as if the insular cabal running
Ottawa has suddenly showed Stephen
Harper the secret handshake and gave him
the password to Canadian politics. We are
finally one of them. But a closer look at the
West that everybody is referring to may be a
shocker to British Columbians; it's really
Alberta that's calling the shots and it's the
conservative ideology df Calgary that counts
and not that of left-leaning Vancouver. You
can almost hear a collective tantrum in BC
over the din of the continuing soft wood
lumber dispute and angry protest against
the defection of ex-Liberal David Emerson.
So what is the West Coast to do? Flanked by
the Pacific Ocean on one side and Ralph
Klein's Alberta on the other/it seems BC is
marooned from its ideological soul mates.
Or is it?
Now is perhaps the right time to revisit
the concept of Cascadia. Long entrenched
in the West Coast psyche, Cascadia is the
rather quixotic notion of a Pacific
Northwest region that stretches from
British Columbia to Oregon. Of course the
issue of boundary.is rather contentious, but
the main point is that Cascadia is the manifestation of an intrinsic Pacific Northwest
bond. To Atlantic Canada, British
Columbians may be just a bunch of tree-
hugging hippies, but Oregonians share our
concern for the environment; they just get
it. Paul Koberstein, editor at Cascadia
Times, refers to the Cascadian ethic that
binds the region together. The cultural,
political, and economic similarities of the
Pacific coast demand a closer examination
of what Cascadia really means to British
Our true and native land
For Cascadia Institute's David McCloskey,
who had been part of the original regional solidarity movement in the 70s, Cascadia seems
to transcend a conventional geographic defln-
tion. It is an idea, which has, above all, manifested itself in a thriving cultural movement.
McCloskey affirms that Cascadia is already a
success, but not in political terms: politics for
him. is just a side story. What comes first, he
says, is actual life, family, and the usual representations of Cascadia is the same old story
of the state over society. Cascadia is a cultural
consciousness and its visionaries are the people.  McCloskey is disappointed in politics
especially the American red-blue  divide,
which he says "leaves people purple and
bruised.* What really matters, he continues, is
restoring the natural system, the trees and
the reservoirs. It is important, he adds, to
revitalise local communities and ecological
regions. Cascadia, for McCloskey, is about
the politics of the place, the building of the
local relationships and a focus on larger
issues and reference points. The focus on ecological health in the region is echoed by
Koberstein who views Cascadia as the torch-
bearer of the ethics of conservationism and
environmental justice. The Cascadia Times
newspaper is a reflection of this ethos, which
he believes is primordial to the Pacific
The actual boundaries of Cascadia are as
vague as the definitions. David McCloskey subscribes to the notion that geographic bound-
aides are defined not by maplines, but by ecological regions. His field-work in the late
1990s led him to define Cascadia as the region
encompassing Oregon, Washington, Idaho,
Western Montana, Northern California,
British Columbia and South East Alaska. In a
similar fashion, Koberstein employs an ecological definition of Cascadia that could possibly include areas around, the arctic Bering Sea
down to the Hawaiian-archipelago. He says
that there are no specific boundaries because
nature doesn't allow for such man-made distinctions. The black sea turtle, Koberstein
emphasises, travels from Oregon to Papa New
Guinea and he adds, the Humpback whale
travels from Alaska to Hawaii, so geographically Cascadia may be defined beyond the
Pacific Northwest archetype depending on
who you ask. However, Koberstein dead-
panned that he may have included Hawaii so
that he could go there if Cascadia ever
becomes an autonomous region.
Beyond the stereotype
The watchword is not so much political
Cascadia but a Cascadia in abstract.
McCloskey rejects the idea that a political
definition of Cascadia can be its only legitimate expression. He reiterates that
Cascadia as an ideology is already a tour de
force in changing the mentality of the
region and doing good work. The watershed
groups, like the Mackenzie Watershed
group, are his unsung heroes who work to
enhance and preserve the economic integrity of the watershed and support salmon
restoration projects. Cascadia should be
first and foremost an ecotopia. The inertia
of the Cascadian ideology has according to
McCloskey fuelled other environmental
advocacy groups and socially conscious
businesses like the Cascadia Revolving
Fund that encourages local economic renovation, and housing projects like Cascadia
housing. Needless to say, the movement has
not been forestalled by political inaction or
trends. These success stories are heartening
for Cascadians everywhere, but it doesn't
address the problem of actual political and
economic difficulties, especially for British
Richard Johnston, the head of the UBC
political   science    department,    cautions    that   if
British Columbia were to
be   part  of  Cascadia,   it
would be the biggest loser.
BC is defined mainly by
the Lower Mainland and
is  doomed to insignificance against two robust
American states.
Vancouver would lose
out to a more competitive     Portland     and
Seattle    because,    as
Johnston       explains,
Vancouver's economic
and    political    relevance   depends   on
being    in    Canada.
Within       Cascadia,
Seattle would dominate  due  to better
port    access    and
economic strength
from     well-developed      aerospace
and     technology
sectors. To counter this
imminent demise; Vancouver would have to
exploit its cosmopolitanism, diversity and connections to Asia.
In terms of economics, BC doesn't stand to
do too well, but Steve Moddemeyer, a proponent of ecological sustainability in Oregon,
emphasises the role of Vancouver, Portland
and Seattle in redefining and progressing
urban sustainability. Moddemeyer especially
lauds Portland and Vancouver's innovation
on this front Still, according to Johnston, the
links, between the regions are not that strong.
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Cascadian agitator
Culturally speaking he concedes that there are
'green' concerns common to the three territories and transportation initiatives that might
be beneficial to the region. However he points
out that 9-11 has spawned security concerns
that make the 49th parallel more important
than ever and that opponents to Canada's
stance to the softwood lumber dispute might
provide salient obstacles to integration.
Furthermore, Johnson continues, Vancouver
is more like Los Angeles and San Francisco in
its ethnic and cultural makeup than Portland
or Seattle.
Tenuous optimism
Cascadia as a genuine political entity does
not seem to be feasible. Koberstein muses,
though, that regional cooperation and the
Cascadia    ethic   has
already spawned progress. Case in point:
the recent announcement to protect the
Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.
According to Koberstein, the move shows
that protecting these eco-regions is a communal responsibility and that 'we don't
have to screw up the environment." We
should put aside our nationalism and create
better social dialogue. Like McCloskey, he
believes that all politics is local' because
what undergirds politics is individuals and
families. The conception of Cascadia should
not be glued strictly to politics or economics
because it has evolved beyond that and into
a cultural phenomenon.
McClosky says things have changed since
the 70s and 80s, when the the Internet wasn't available. To date/the search word 'cascadia' has garnered more than two million
hits. It does indeed seem like an extraordinary movement that has manifested into a
sort of "cultural effervescence" with no political party, no leader, and no bureaucracy. He
remarks that it has been a tremendous phenomenon, as if it were a free flowing river of
Cascadian imagery, names and diversity of
businesses. Tens of thousands of people
have been touched by the idea of Cascadia,
says McCloskey, because of its authentic
identity, its bottom up culture, and its awareness of the importance of place. It is a potentially lasting movement that has evolved
beyond ideology. The primary motive, of
Cascadia he finally sums up, is to call forth
the people belonging to the place and realise
the values that this region embodies. A cynic
might dismiss this as idealism at its worst,
that culture is nothing more than the social
manifestations of politics and economics
and the Cascadian ethic is nothing more
than a fabricated notion from idealistic
dreamers. But nonetheless, Cascadia, in all
its nebulous glory, has managed to wedge its
way into the collective political consciousness spawning websites like Republic of
Cascadia website, which reads:
Now is the time for the citizens of Cascadia
to demand their freedom bom. the oppressive governments of Canada and the United
States. For too long have our people put up
with indifference and condescendence from
distant seats of power.
Despite the militant and outrageous
language, itr manages to succinctly sum
up British Columbia's frustration with
Canadian politics. If we feel so left out, it is
logical to seek out those with similar values
that Steve Moddemeyer ^ees as being
socially liberal, pro-business, having fair
environmental ethics, and comparable
urban cultures. No, we don't have to separate from the country to spurn Ottawa.
Instead it seems in Cascadia, there is a support group of like-minded states in which to
emote. Suddenly, British Columbia doesn't
seem so alone. M
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Her embroidered images of trees are
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cleanly cut and carefully laid out
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Matzkuhn considers herself not
only a craftsperson, but also an artist
You can see from her black spiral
process book the references she uses
for her embroidered paintings, as I
like to call them. Each work is also
framed with a linen border while the
linen ground is stained and painted
to give depth to the image. From the
process book, Matzkuhn points out
the page where she has cut out a
colour copy of the image of Alice
Munro's novel, The Progress of Love,
which explains the title for one of my
favourite pieces of the collection. The
connection here is that novel has a
beautiful leafy tree as the cover,
metaphorically representing the title.
When I ignorantly ask Matzkuhn
why she has chosen embroidery as
her medium, she snaps rhetorically, "Why do I speak English?" She
explains that she sees embroidery
as a language. She watched her
grandmother invent and adapt her
embroidery and adds, "I don't see it
as a limitation."
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Japanese used it in their art She con-
fidendy brushes off my bewilderment as to why her work isn't considered art (by not being shown in an
'art gallery' per se), in a strict institutional sense.
"Since postmodernism, textile has
come into its own," she explains
"This is what I want to do and I don't
care about the art/craft debate. I use
this medium to express what I have
to say."
A translucent gray evening gown
fabric for "The Progress of Love"
piece is more disordered and haphazard in its composition than the
rest Matzkuhn explains that it was
chosen for the colour, to try to illus
trate the tone of a bombed city, and
points out that the small lonely tree
in the foreground is sprouting leaves
after the firebombing in Hamburg of
1943. She bases this piece on a quote
from Erich Nossack.
I Imagine the tree in the midst of
the rubble, and it is sprouting leaves!
I prod further, asking, where does the
tree get the will to live? Matzkuhn
snaps back, "Why do people have
babies in concentration camps? Love
is part of survival."
I am moved by another work,
"Arbutus and Two Firs," after
Matzkuhn's brief, but always profound explanation: "A tree grows into
another. Over time the arbutus leans
into and shapes the fir tree. It is like
living with someone for a long time."
The trees were visually based on a
photograph she took on Thetis Island.
It is extraordinary how much
detail can be seen and experienced
through Matzkuhn's use of silk
thread. She says that her hands suffer
from arthritis and on her web page
she mentions that she will embroider
till her hands bleed. She is able to
capture the essence of small ferns by
the tree trunks and tiny circular formations of moss on a tree stump with
her precise technique, honed over 2 5
years. But, these are small fries in
comparison to the marathon sessions required of embroidering those
painting-sized thick tree trunks.
Matzkuhn says that hand embroidery grows slowly, "as do trees."
"On frustrating days when my
eyes and hands hurt, and the process
seems intenninable, I threaten to just
drip paint like Pollock." H
mmm THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 24 February, 2006
Sports 9
UBC undefeated into Pacific Division finals
T-Birds take on
Vikes tonight
by Megan Smyth
The UBC men's basketball team
has just finished up an unprecedented 20-0 season, but for the
players, some of the biggest challenges and hopefully rewards, are
yet to come.
Tonight UBC takes on the third-
ranked UVic Vikes in the first game
of a weekend series that will determine the Pacific Division champions. The winner of this match-up
will advance to the Canada West
final four. Last year it was also a
match-up between the Thunderbirds and the Vikes in the Pacific
Division; at that time, UBC took the
division in two games.
The T-Birds come into this weekend's finals with a record of 20-0
whereas UVic's is only 15-5. But for
the players their unbeaten conference season record doesn't even
cross their minds at game time.
'It's been an amazing thing that
no one has even brought it up,"
commented head coach Kevin
Hanson. "We honestly are focusing
on one game at a time.*
Hanson attributes several reasons to UBCs success this season.
"I think the number one thing is
that we've got a very talented
group of players."
Additionally, a change of strategy from last year may also, be contributing to the Thunderbird's success. "Last year, we focused, on
what they did and how to stop
them," explained Hanson. "This
year we've focused on what we
have to do."
UBC has been lucky because the
team has many star players who
know exactly what they have to do
to pull in the points.
Pasha Bains, who transferred to
THUNDERBIRDS FLYING HIGH: The men's basetball team aims to advance to the Canada West final four, yinan max wang photo
UBC this season, after three years of
playing for SFU, has stepped up and
contributed to the overall consistency of the team. "I think being one of
the older guys I feel like I've played
a lot of basketball, so I'm experienced in different game situations,"
said Bains. As a guard, Bains has
already racked up 420 points during the conference season, averaging 22 points a game.
. "The biggest things for me have
been I've tried to share the ball and
I've tried not to dominate the ball
and I've tried to spread it out," he
Other members of the team are
right there beside Bains and other
first-string players are helping to set
up plays and sink in the rebounds.
As forward Ryder McKeown
puts it, "my role on the team is
basically just to compliment Pasha
[Bains] and Casey [Archibald]. I
give that second different kind of
scoring element."
A similar role on the team is
filled by Matt Rachar, a guard. "I
come off the bench, I try to go hard
everyday in practice, get the level
of intensity up in practice and then
when I come in [to the game] I try
to provide a spark off the bench so
I get some points and tire out the
other guys," Rachar said.
It has been the teamwork and
sharing of on-court duties among
the players that has allowed UBC to
be the dominant threat on the local
basketball     circuit     this     year.
"Everyone has accepted their roles
and everyone is very good at their
role," states Hanson. "We've got an
exceptionally deep team."
The depth of the team allows
different players to take on a variety of roles throughout the game.
One player who has significantly improved and contributed more
and more to the team as the season
has progressed is Jordan Yu. "I
think my role has improved as
being more of a leader on the court
this year. I'm not one to score
many points, but I bring some
leadership structure to the game,"
Yu explains.
"It's a very tight knit group both
on and off the floor," said coach
Hanson. With team cohesion at its
peak it will definitely be a joint
effort during tonight's battle with
UVic. "Even if [UVic's] record was
worse than it is right now we'd
still take them just as seriously.
Going into this game I don't think
we look at our records; I think we
look at it as two or three games
this weekend that we have to play
and win," said Yu.
Hanson acknowledged that even
though the team has focused a lot
on the mental aspect of the game
this year, the playoffs have made
the game a little more physical.
Hanson outlined the game plan for
today and tomorrow's games
against UVic: "We've got to take
care of business this weekend so
we can host the final four." II
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Friday, 24 February, 2006   THE UBYSSEY
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The Olympics, the truncated version
CBC adds Italian
roulette to Olympic
Introducing the newest Olympic
sport Olympic TV coverage roulette.
Well, that's what it felt like over the
past two weeks whenever anyone
tried to catch a glimpse of the
Olympics on the CBC.
When the International Olympics Committee awards exclusive TV
rights to networks, they claim
money isn't the only factor taken
into consideration. The ability of the
network to effectively"maximise coverage also plays huge part in the
deliberation process.
Unfortunately, given that CBC's
coverage of this year's games in
Turin has been far from outstanding, their decision may not have
been the best—despite the great coverage the network has had in
the past
The men's hockey quarterfinal
between Canada and Russia, for
example, was played midday. For
the average working person unable
to get to a television, the game—the
most high profile event of the
Olympics—was not even broadcasted on Radio Canada. Why?
Additionally, viewers eager to
see highlights of the day's events are
unable to because CBC holds the
sole viewing rights. This would be
great if we could tune into CBC for a
highlight reel as often as we tune
into Sportsnet or theScore. But CBC
doesn't show highlights, save for the
five to ten minutes at the beginning
or end of their news hours.
So we are left to tune into sport
channels to watch a series of snapshots attempting to recapture the
moment. Well thanks, but we
already saw the photos in the
Province. When we- tune in to television to watch the Olympics, we
expect to see moving pictures, isn't
that why they invented the motion
picture camera in 1895?
And the regular airing of the
events themselves has been frustrating at best. Even when you are
"::: Aw«; ui^t**
timing into watch a sport in it's
entirety, the frenetic nature of CBC
trying to cover it all has the station
epileptically switching from sport
to sport, hardly ever covering the
entire event in any one sport. A
simple solution would have been to
run different events on different
channels, allowing viewers to
choose when they wanted to switch
over and what they wanted to
watch in its entirety. But we guess
that would hurt the capitalist structure of only tuning into one channel too much.
The list of complaints from
Olympic viewers goes on.
CBC, for the past four Olympics,
has monopolised Canadian Olympic
coverage and will continue to do so
until the end of the 2008 Games.
But it's becoming abundantly clear
that holding sole possession of its
cUstributing rights in Canada isn't
benefiting anyone, including ama
teur sport. CBC can blame the time
zones's difference and the fact that
other networks are airing new programming all they want, but how
can they explain how they have slid
to 18th place in prime-time rankings when Team Canada has
already achieved their momentus
goal of fifth place in the medal
standing and might actually—knock
on wood—improve on it?
To make matters worse, their
low ranking has caused them to
have to rebroadcast commercials
from many of its sponsors at no
cost, further burdening an already
cash-strapped CBC.
After Canada's abysmal showings over the past two Olympics, 12
medals in Athens and 17 in Salt
Lake City, Canada vowed to increase
and promote amateur athletics by
supporting and providing athletics
with 550 million, 140 million going
directly to the athletes.
But this requires a two-pronged
Canadian athletes not only need
appropriate funding, but they also
require the necessary coverage to
make their endeavours more widely known. And one way this can be
accomplished is by maximising air-
time effectively.
TV has this power.
If CBC can't answer the call and
provide coverage by airing sports
at the most opportune times, then
it should reconsider renegotiating
its exclusivity rights and start sharing a piece of the exclusivity pie.
Fortunately, for the 2010 games
in Vancouver, a more diverse spectrum of networks have gained the
TV rights. But hopefully, CBC will
have learned that viewers wanting
to catch a glimpse of the Olympics
won't want to engage in a session
of Olympic TV coverage roulette
before doing so. M
Perspective Opinion
Painful Olympic hockey tournament not the end of the world
by Daniel Sitar'
Well, its official, the Canadian men's
hockey team will not win a medal at
the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin
after losing 2-0 to Russia in their
quarter-final game. So why did
Canada lose and who is to blame?
Firstly, as a Canadian hockey fan, I
am very disappointed at our Men's
team result, but not overly surprised. The team looked flat all tournament If I tried to group Team
Canada^'s players into guys that
played well and guys that did not,
one list would be substantially
longer than the other.
So why did this happen? The
reality of international hockey in
today's world is simple: there are
seven very competitive teams
right now (Canada, USA, Sweden,
Finland, Czech Republic, Russia
and Slovakia). Anyone who knows
anything about mathematics and
probability will recognise that it's
very unlikely for one nation to
win ALL major international
Wayne Gretzky picked this
year's team based on many of the
samaprinciples as the 2002 team.
He chose players based on previous experience and past results
while at least somewhat ignoring
players currently riding hot
streaks and having good seasons.
Was this a mistake? Probably not,
since after Canada beat the USA in
2002, Wayne was hailed as a hero
for picking the perfect team. This
just goes to show that with so
many competitive hockey nations,
it's impossible to win all of the
time, no matter which strategy to
use to pick the team.
So whose fault is it? Todd
Bertuzzi for taking a bad penalty
that ultimately led to Ovechkin's
game winning goal? Maybe, but
when you can't score a goal in 3/4
games (and in 11/12 periods), I
can't see how one penalty cost
Canada the tournament. In fact, in
terms of bad penalties, Chris
Pronger (who most fans consider to
begone*of the best defencemen in
the NHL) was pretty horrific himself, taking more penalties in the
final three games than Canada
scored goals.
Was it Pat Quinn's fault? Sure,
we all like to rag on him because he
is the.Leaf s. coach;-but it wasn't his
fault the Canadian players did not
get their legs or find a way to put the
puck in the net It's easy to second
guess coaching when your team
loses, but in this case I really don't
think it is warranted.
There are about a dozen other
players who did not play like
Canadian fans expected them to, the
list includes: Iginla, Nash, Sakic,
Blake and many others. I would like
to single out Shane Doan and Brad
Richards (two guys who I thought
probably shouldn't have been on the
team a month ago) who both played
very well and should be commended on their performances.
Did Team Canada fail to win
because guys like Staal and Phaneuf
were not on the team? As much as I
would have loved to see those guys
wearing the maple leaf, I don't think
those players would have made that
much of a difference. One thing is
for sure, if youngsters like Staal,
Spezza and Crosby had been on the
team and we had failed to win a
medal the reason would have been
lack of experience.
"As I said, it's very easy to second-
guess when your team fails to reach
. expectations. However, I think we
can chalk this painful Olympic tournament up to three things: a tough
schedule, great opposition and
some bad breaks here and there.
Had this tournament been 82
games long, Canada probably would
have finished with the best record-
but it isn't It's a short, quick event
and if you don't gel quickly as a
team, you won't be successful.
Don't be upset—Canada is still
the number one hockey nation in
the world. I invite you all to watch
the semi-finals and final games to
see some great international hockey. I'm probably just a little too optimistic, but think of it this way, it was
just a hockey game. Spend some
time with your friends and family,
have a beer or two and remember
that life is short and at the end of the
day, failing to win a gold medal (or
any medal for that matter) at the
Olympics is not the end of the world.
I wish Team Canada the best of
luck in Vancouver in 2010 and can't
wait to see Staal, Crosby and
Phaneuf leading us onto the ice in
four years time. II
—Daniel Sitar is a first-year
commerce, student
Are you satisfied with
the olympic coverage
*Yeah I guess I am satisfied. I don't
watch too much Olympic stuff
-Ify Ezebubbes
Arts 4
"I am for the most part satisfied but
I am unsatisfied with the fact that
they jump around a lot and you
don't actually get to see an entire
—Katherine Rybar
Interntional Relations 4
"I watched half of the Olympics from
the US and I think CBC is doing and
equal or better job than NBC."
—Louis Karpinski
History/US studies 3
"I actually haven't been watching
any of the Olympics so I don't even
know what their coverage is like."
—Leslie Wolos
Arts 2
"It's fine. It has all the events I want
to see.*
—Geoff Mooney
Bio 4
—Streeters coordinated by
Boris Kirby and Kellan Higgins
I THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 24 February, 2006
News 11
Promoting women's rights through Sharia law
by Bryan Zandberg
For many Canadians, the idea of
promoting women's rights through
Islamic law would be considered a
contradiction of terms, which
explains why a good crowd turned
out Tuesday, to hear Vincent Del
Buono speak about mobilising
women's equality through Sharia
law in Nigeria, the poorest of
African nations.
In his lecture, Del Buono made
the case for the idea that Sharia—the
ensemble of Islamic law attributed to
Mohammad—can and must be used
for advancing the rights of women in
Northern Nigeria.
He defended the approach, saying
it was more practical to use existing
legal practice as a platform for the
advancement of women than to succumb to tslamophobic fears and misinformation.
Many audience members, however, expressed their reservations,
arguing that the use of the Sharia
law is inherently a detriment to the
status and rights of women.
The response was at least in part
linked to Ontario's recent refusal to
allow Canadian Muslims to use
Sharia law as a means to arbitrate
their own disputes.
Del Buono's underlined why the
case is different in Nigeria.
"I can well understand that there is
a growing sentiment for a secular
Islam, I understand that But this is
not where this society is at at the present time," Del Buono said. "Therefore
if the debate is going to move, it has
got to move in a generally acceptable
discourse [in Northern Nigeria].*
Del Buono is currently coordinating a seven-year effort with a $65 million budget in Northern Nigeria
under Britain's Department for
International Development. The
northern states are home to roughly
60 million Muslims.
Sharia law has been the "de facto
and de jure" legal system in the country since 1806; recent and severe economic depression has seen Northern
Nigeria's politics take a hard swing to
the right, bringing with it what Del
Buono called "a moral revival in the
face of social deterioration."
Existing women's groups in the
region are working to redress oppre-
sive social, cultural and religious
practices that violate their basic
rights, including forced marriage,
child marriage, denial of divorce and
custody rights and spousal abuse.
In 2002, for example, a woman in
one of the northern states was sentenced to death by stoning after giving
birth to a child outside of marriage.
The divorced woman, Safiya Hussaini,
was eventually aquitted. Sharia judges
maintained that the law forbid pregnancy outside of marriage.
Nevertheless, Del Buono argued
that the Islamic faith is less hierarchical than other world religions;
interpretation of Sharia depends
more on local imams—religious lead
ers—and their followers than a central enclave or authority. As such, one
of the goals is to convince religious
leaders that violating the rights of
women also violates the teachings of
He said the agenda of women's
rights will move forward based on that
society's dialogue about what the word
'justice' entails. Del Buono argued farther that while the notion of justice
exists in Muslim society, the notion of
equality does not He said die notion of
justice must be leveraged to push for
the equality of women. -*
Audience member Godwin Eni, a
Nigerian-Canadian doctor and former faculty member at UBC, echoed
Del Buono's argument for a contextual understanding of the situation. He
did, however, question the effectiveness of the program.
"I'm still concerned that a lot of
this research activity does not get to
the grassroots," he explained, adding:
"When I listen to this, I see the energy in terms of trying to duplicate
Western society in a different context
It doesn't go very well."
Eni underscored that the West has
to nuance its too-simplistic take on
the issue of Sharialaw in Nigeria, noting that people are in danger of focusing too much on achieving human
rights without taking into account the
complex framework of moral, legal
and customary practices of the society, any or all of which might forbid
such a change.
Del Buono cited an example in
REFORMER: Vincent Del Buono wants to stir an internal debate
about women's rights in Northern Nigeria, melissatoon photo
Malawi, where Christian girls are
married at a very young age out economic considerations.
Grilled by an audience member if
he thought that the Islamisation of
Nigerian society was a good thing.
Del Buono side-stepped the issue and
maintained that change must be
made from within Islam.
"The debate is still to be had," he
said. "Our presence there entails
women's rights are not dismissed." II
Travel GUTS settlement announced, costly court battle avoided
P  -
by Paul Evans
A pre-trial settlement between the
Canadian Federation of Students-
sServices (CFS-S) and four student
societies has ended a dispute lasting
more than ten years over the ownership of Canadian Universities Travel
Service Limited (Travel CUTS).
Under the terms of the agreement,
the student societies of the University
of Western Ontario, University of
Alberta, Queens University and UBC
will gain 24 per cent ownership of
Travel CUTS, a discount train and airplane ticket sales company with an
office in the SUB, while the CFS-S will
retain the remaining 76 per cent
"All the organisations decided that
a protracted lawsuit would not be
serving the interests of Travel CUTS
and the students they served," said
Alma Mater Society President
Spencer Keys.
He explained that the share of
Travel CUTS owned by the student
societies will be adininistered by a
newly formed non-profit corporation.
Two new members will be added
to the Travel CUTS board of directors,
bringing the total up to eight, and will
be appointed by the new owner.
The ownership battle began when
the four student societies alleged that
the transfer of Travel CUTS from the
now-defunct Association of Student
Councils Canada {AOSC) to the CFS-S
in 1987 happened inappropriately.
The four student societies were
members, of AOSC but not the
Canadian Federation of Students at
the time of the transfer. They claim
that they were not adequately represented at the meeting where the
transfer took place.
CFS-S Executive Director Philip
Link said that the student societies' case hinged upon a timing
"What happened in fact was what
was supposed to happen. The issue
here was that there had been certain
timelines set out by the members for
[the transfer] to happen, and it didn't
happen within those timelines," said
Link. "So there was this technical
issue and that's what the plaintiffs' in
this case were relying on."
Link explained that the settlement
achieved a compromise that would
help avoid bitter feelings between the
organisation and me student societies.
"Had we gone to court there
would have been a winner and a
loser...there would have been bitter
feelings on at least One side," he said.
"Whereas here, it's essentially a post
tive outcome for both sides."
Keys echoed Link's comment saying, "The most positive outcome was
that this didn't have to go trial and be
dealt with in a combative fashion.
Link insisted another reason that
the CFS-S decided to settle was
because it wanted to ensure that the
Travel CUTS outlets remained on the
university campuses.
"I'm not sure we would have
achieved mat if we'd gone to court
and won."
According to Link, the consequences of the settlement will likely
not disrupt the daily operations of
Travel CUTS.
In terms of what students will see
going forward on a day-to-day basis,
there won't be any difference in the
service they receive; it will be business as usual." IB
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UBC Hospital to receive $22 million for
new hip and knee replacement facility
by Colleen Tang
A $60 million spending initiative announced
by the provincial government last month will
help drastically reduce the backlog in wait
lists for hip and knee joint replacement surgeries in BC.
The funds, $22 million of which will be
allocated to the UBC Hospital, aims to increase
access to health care in the province through
an initiative called Osteoarthritis Service
Integration System (OASIS).
The program will create the UBC Centre
for Surgical Innovation (CSI) and the Centre
for Hip Health and Musculoskeletal
Research (CHHMR).
"[CSI will complete] 1600 joint replacements to help clean up the backlog of patients
waiting," said Bas Masri, medical ^director of
UBC Centre for Surgical Innovation.
Patients that have been waiting six months
to a year for these surgeries, he explained, will
have wait times reduced dramatically.
CSI, which launches on April 3, will utilise
the full capacity of UBC Hospital.
But before treatment becomes available,
staff need to be hired and systems need to be
upgraded, Masri said.
The desired outcome is to reduce all backlogs in the province within a year, she added.
CHHMR focuses primarily on research to
prevent patients from ever having to be in these
wait lines, said Hip Health and Musculoskeletal
Research manager, Ann Wallace.
Research projects, which have been ongoing from sites such as Vancouver General
Hospital, UBC Hospital, SFU and UVic are
already having effect.
Wallace explained that the research being
conducted is changing the way surgical procedures are performed. The goal is to reduce
complications after surgery, said Wallace.
However, putting more money into surgeries is not a long-term sustainable solution,
he said.
"The only way to deal with waitlists is to
look at earlier detection of disease," said
Nurses will also play an important role.
"It's not just a single point of contact where
something is done and everything's better;
this is a long term commitment," said Wallace.
"Nurses are essential for monitoring the
stability of patients in the early post-operative
period, [and] helping to watch that they're
working with the rest of the team to make sure
that they are mobilised in a way that they
should...after surgery/ said Patricia Rodney,
associate professor of nursing.
The shortage of nurses in BC may be a
problem for CSI, however.
"Across North America there is quite a serious nursing shortage. The School of Nursing
during the past year...hasn't been able to prepare enough graduates for what the needs
are,* said Rodney.
Rodney sees this new centre as an opportunity for UBC Hospital and the School of
Nursing to connect
"Something like this unit sounds like an
ideal opportunity to build a relationship
between the UBC School of Nursing and the
UBC Hospital to see about eventual planning
for student-nurse experience," said Rodney.
Rodney stressed the importance of good
health care not only within these new facilities
but also for the long run.
"While I'm really delighted that a unit like
this has Opened, it's also important for the
public to know the resources for homecare
resources are going to be important to pay
attention to," said Rodney. "Those are areas
that are linked to the same population of people who are going to need joint replacement
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