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Hart Hanson credits part of his success to his time as an MFA student in UBC's creative writing program.
Bones writer Hart Hanson
calls Hollywood home
Gregory Pitts
Contributor
UBC will receive a healthy dose
of Hollywood celebrity this week
when Hart Hanson, creator and
showrunner ofthe popular Fox
television series Bones, comes
aboard as the creative writing department's latest writer
in residence.
Hanson received his MFA
from UBC in 1987, and also
taught as an associate professor for a number of years. Prior
to creating Bones, he worked
on numerous Canadian and
American television series, such
as The Finder and the People's
Choice Award-winning series
Joan of Arcadia.
Hanson's connection to
UBC is more personal than
job titles and TV shows. He is
remembered fondly by both his
former colleagues and students.
Acclaimed short story writer
Zsuszi Gartner described him as
"a charming, energetic, amiable and whip-smart guy with a
boy-next-door kind of charisma
and completely unconceited."
He apparently wasn't afraid to
be blunt, either. In an interview
with The Ubyssey, Hanson paraphrased the words of another
writer: "Writing is like dragging
a rusty chain in one ear and out
the other."
He will be on campus all
week to participate in a number of activities. Some, such as
writing workshops, will only
be open to those in the creative
writing department. Last night,
he delivered a public lecture
entitled "From Here to There:
A Nice Canadian Boy Goes to
Hollywood," at the Royal Bank
Cinema at the Chan Centre.
Hanson's education focused
on film and screenwriting,
but his studies were far from
narrow. In most MFA programs,
grad students focus on one area
of interest, but Gartner noted
that, at UBC, "the requirement
is that everyone take courses of at least three different
genres." Hanson had a lot more
contact with — and a lot more
impact on — his fellow UBC
students than one might have at
comparable institutions.
His teaching, combined with
extensive work in the entertainment industry, has left Hanson
with the experience and skill
to articulate informed opinions
on the medium of Hollywood
writing. For one thing, he doesn't
think writing is a skill you either
have or you don't.
"I've run into people who
were absolutely blessed with an
innate talent and others who
lacked ... talent but brought all
their will and intelligence to
bear," he said. However, he also
said that TV writing requires a
different set of skills than high
literature, which "seems to require some otherworldly gift."
And, despite the common
mantra that no one reads novels
anymore, Hanson ultimately
believes in their posterity.
"Alternative platforms and
digital story telling [are] already
replacing TV, which is still in the
process of trying to replace novels,"
he said. "In the end, I think books
will survive everything else."
Despite the upheaval the entertainment industry is undergoing at the moment, and the
difficulty for writers — novelists
and screenwriters alike — to gain
traction in the current market,
Hanson is undeterred. "No matter what... there will always be
a need for content, and writers
provide that content," he said.
Despite his setbacks and
the difficult, sometimes
soul-wrenching nature ofthe
job, Hanson is adamantly grateful. "Being a writer is a grand
thing to be," he said. XI
HART TO HART
What Hanson looks for in
new screenwriters: First,
I lookforwriting that pops.
Second, I look for great ideas
and stories. Third, I look for
energy and enthusiasm on
the page. Fourth, I lookfor
someone I'd want to spend
time with — including personal hygiene. And somewhere in there I do care about
spelling and punctuation."
Advice for aspiring writers: "Write and write and
write and write and write
some more. Writing begets
better writing. Using the
imagination begets better
igamusi
Be sure to pick up our Travel Supplement and Sex Supplement next week to figure out where to
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ORS WILL MCDONALD + SARAH BIGAM
URSDAY, FEBRUARY 6,20
BUDGET»
Confidential budget documents show UBC wants an additional $24 million in funding for IT and classroom services
UBC classrooms, infrastructure
and IT underfunded by millions
Will McDonald
News Editor
UBC's final budget won't be released
until March, but after The Ubyssey
obtained confidential budget
documents, the university administration has opened up about some of
the numbers.
"I've indicated the two areas that
definitely keep me awake at night,
one being infrastructure, the other
being student services," said Pierre
Ouillet, UBC's VP finance, resources
and operations.
The documents indicate classrooms, infrastructure and IT are
underfunded by $24 million.
"We've got to renew and improve
our systems and we know that we
need to increase our IT budget quite
significantly over the next two or
three years," said Ouillet.
Ouillet said UBC also needs
to invest more in classrooms
and classroom services, especially to support flexible
learning initiatives.
"The 20th century version of
the classroom doesn't meet the
need of 2014 and we need to invest
and spend significantly more,"
said Ouillet.
The budget slides also indicate a
lack of funding for student services,
though Ouillet and Janet Teasdale,
managing director of student
development and services, said the
numbers on the leaked budget slides
are incorrect.
"There is a gap in student services
where we are currently operating
and where [in] an ideal state we
would be operating," said Teasdale.
Teasdale said that while UBC has
prioritized student services funding
in areas such as counselling and the
Early Alert System, there is still a lot
of work to be done.
"We've prioritized those and
we're engaged in a conversation
about how we work to close those
gaps. The concerning part... was
turning away students, and we do
not turn students away in counselling. We just couldn't ever do that,"
said Teasdale. "That said, there are
some significant gaps."
Teasdale said the numbers on
the slides related to WorkLearn and
GoGlobal are inaccurate, but both
programs could use additional funding to serve more students.
Ouillet said many of these
budgeting concerns are connected to a drop in funding from the
province. He said that over the past
five years, the percentage of UBC's
budget funded by provincial grants
has decreased from 50 per cent to 43
per cent.
"We need to make up for that
gap," Ouillet said. "It's pretty basic
math. There are two ways to address
that. One is you cut your costs... and
two, you diversify your revenues."
The budget slides list diversification of professional programs
and an increase in international
students — partly attracted
through high university rankings — to make up for the gaps in
the budget.
"It's this virtuous circle of
revenue diversification and reinvestment back into the academic
mission of UBC that I think I was
trying to highlight in this document," said Ouillet.
Ouillet said UBC will need to
look at provincial funding, increased
revenue from students and other
revenue sources such as hosting
more conferences on campus in the
summer to pad the budget.
"We are in a tough base on the
provincial side. I think the province
is very focused on balancing their
own budget, and therefore we're
not expecting a lot more support,"
said Ouillet.
The budget documents also show
the university is considering a "tuition reset" for the Faculty of Law.
"The Faculty of Law has made it
quite public and has been consulting with its faculty and its students
around its budget that it's not
sustainable, so that will have to be
addressed," said Ouillet. "Clearly
they are not in the position of financial sustainability."
The documents also show
the university is continuing to
look at restructuring the Faculty
of Medicine.
"We are talking years rather than
months, but there are enough people
working together on this issue, and
have been over the past couple of
years, that I think we see progress,"
said Ouillet.
Ouillet also said the university
will continue to look for inefficiencies in its budget.
"I don't think any of us will have
the arrogance of saying that UBC is
perfect. There will always be areas
of inefficiencies. Any large organization has them. We keep hunting
them down, but there is no easy
way," said Ouillet.
Although the draft budget
document indicates the university
was considering faculty buyouts to
make up for a $27 million decrease
in faculty reserves, Ouillet said the
university never actually considered
faculty buyouts.
"Buyout was not on the table,
and that's why I'm at a great offense
unto a leak," said Ouillet. "I think
what faculties are doing is, whenever there are budget constraints,
managing attrition.
"The first versions are highly
incorrect. I can tell you there probably have been... between 35 and
30 versions of that document and
you got an early version that was
not for distribution because it was a
draft." XI
ACADEMICS»
Teaching
evaluations may
be released by
department
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Currently, results are released by faculty.
Kari Lindberg
StaffWriter
UBC is considering releasing the
results of teacher evaluations by
department instead ofthe current
system of releasing them by faculty.
The issue came up at Senate two
weeks ago when a senator inquired
about the possibility.
This change was brought up at
the last student Senate caucus, by a
senator inquiring either the results
ofthe teacher evaluations could be
provided by department. Previous
implementation of releasing the
teacher evaluation results by department had not occurred before
simply because a change in the way
the results were released had never
been considered.
Anna Kindler, UBC's associate
VP academic, said the student
evaluation committee will report
back to the teaching and learning
committee with a recommendation once they examine the
proposed changes.
Graham Beales, vice-chair ofthe
student Senate caucus, said the way
faculties issue teaching evaluations
should be updated.
"The results virtually give no
information," said Beales. "If you
look at the results, the averages of
each faculty with the exception of
one is an average of 4.1 out of five.
Too disconnected."
The results from teacher evaluations are used to provide professors
with tenure and give out promotions. Low scores are also used as
indicator that a professor is not
teaching up to UBC's standards.
Beales said the goal is to have the
new method of releasing teaching
evaluations in place by fall 2015. XI
INFOGRAPHIC»
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UBC's new
mining institute
says their
mission is to
reduce poverty.
But with most
of their funding
coming from
the Canadian
government, will
they just become
Ottawa's trade
policy puppets?
By Arno Rosenfeld
PHOTO COURTESY GOLDCORP.
The new international
mining institute at UBC is
bankrolled by a Canadian
government eager to promote
its trade policy overseas, and
both the institute and university
expect donations to pour in from
mining companies.
Despite critics who assail the
Canadian International Institute
for Extractive Industries and
Development (CIIEID) as a tool
of Canadian companies, institute
director Bern Klein and others
involved in the project insist that
while they may be receiving funds
from a government and industry
that wants to buy influence, they
are going to proceed independently whether their backers like it
or not.
The institute officially opened
its Agronomy Road headquarters
on Wednesday. It was conceived by
the federal government, which has
funded it with a $25 million contribution to be spent over five years.
Its official mandate is to improve
the governance of extractive sectors
in developing countries. Klein, the
CIIEID interim executive director,
said that means helping various
levels of governments in foreign
countries understand best practices
for drafting regulations on how
mining companies can operate.
But, Klein said, the true mission
ofthe CIIEID is poverty reduction
among local populations in developing countries. As for whether
it is a conflict of interest for an
educational institute to receive
government funding or work in an
industry with spotty human rights
and environmental records, Klein is
not worried.
"I don't see it as an issue at all,"
Klein said. "There's no strings
attached to it — and there could not
be, that wouldn't even be allowed in
the university system here at UBC."
However, a Ubyssey investigation has revealed deep ties between
the CIIEID and the Canadian extractive resources industry, as well
as tens of millions of dollars coming
from the federal government
earmarked for aiding Canada's
economic interests overseas.
At least three institute directors,
including Klein, have extensive
experience working for private
mining companies and have been
the recipients of millions of dollars
in research grants.
Additionally, though the CIIEID
describes its mission as improving
"governance of extractive sectors
in developing countries" with an
eye toward ending issues such as
"conflict and corruption," the core
ofthe institute's funding comes
from government dollars aimed
at improving Canada's economic
interests abroad.
UBC's joint bid with SFU and
Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal,
the three partner universities that
now make up the CIIEID, came
after the Canadian government
solicited ideas for an international
mining institute. The agency
overseeing the bids was the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA), which has also
agreed to provide $24.6 million in
funding over five years.
While UBC has contributed
$6.69 million in cash and in-kind
services over five years, the CIDA
funds make up the bulk ofthe
institute's budget, and the CIIEID
would not exist without the federal
government conceiving of it and
providing the financial backing.
Given the federal government's
recent pivot toward using international aid to developing countries
as a strategic foreign policy tool,
some have questioned what the true
mission ofthe institute is.
Since its founding in 1968, CIDA
worked to administer Canadian
foreign aid to developing countries.
However, under Stephen Harper's
Conservative government, the
agency — which was folded into
the Department of Foreign Affairs,
Trade and Development (DFATD)
over the summer — turned its eye
toward furthering Canadian economic interests abroad.
Nipa Banerjee — who worked
for CIDA for 35 years, including
as the agency's mission leader in
Afghanistan — was surprised the
government had put its development funds toward an academic
mining institute.
"My God, I mean, $25 million is
substantial," Banerjee said, calling
from the University of Ottawa
where she is a professor focusing on
international aid and development.
During her time with the agency,
she said, there was no conception of
its work as blatantly promoting the
country's strategic interests.
"It was Canadian values and it
was the benefit that Canada gains
from a peaceful and developed
world," she explained. "But certainly it was not directly and clearly
mentioned that it would focus on
Canada's economic interest."
While CIDA was not shuttered
until last June, when international
aid moved into DFATD's portfolio,
there is clear evidence the agency
had already shifted its focus to
promoting Canadian corporate
interests abroad. In a confidential CIDA report compiled last
spring, before the agency's folding
into DFATD, the factors deciding
whether Canada should continue
delivering foreign aid to various
developing countries were laid out
in stark terms.
The number one factor determining if CIDA should continue
spending money in a country was
whether a country benefited Canada's "commercial" interests.
"This indicator is... to determine
which developing countries would
offer Canada the greatest potential
for trade expansion," a section of
the report read. Commercial factors
were followed second by "security"
and finally "values," which included
"human rights" interests.
The report, obtained by The
Globe and Mail through an access-to-information request and
shared with The Ubyssey, highlights
the potential for expanded mining
opportunity as a reason to continue
administering aid on par with
severe humanitarian need.
"Bolivia is the poorest country
in South America, with some ofthe
worst maternal and child mortality
rates in the Americas," the entry on
that country reads. "Bolivia also has
mineral resources."
The use of humanitarian assistance to open markets to Canadian
mining companies is also on display
in the Bolivia assessment.
Writing that Canadian mining
companies could operate in the
country "should the regulatory
context improve," the report adds,
"Canadian technical assistance
also supports the improvement of
Bolivia's regularity environment of
the extractive sector."
"The main critique I have is that
it's really not humanitarian assistance anymore, it is directly linked
with Canada's economic interests,"
Banerjee said.
DFATD spokesperson Charleen
Bortot said the government simply
realized the private sector had a
role to play in administering international aid, and the government
was responding accordingly.
"Canada has been increasing
its effort to work with the private
sector, including the extractive
sector, to help improve the lives of
people living in poverty. Supporting
responsible extractive sector
development can reduce poverty
and create sustainable economic
benefits for developing countries,"
Bortot wrote in an email.
AN AMBASSADOR FOR
INDUSTRY?
Speaking at a June meeting ofthe
Mining Association of Canada, the
federal international cooperation
minister told mining company representatives that the CIIEID "will
be your biggest and best ambassador."
"Your industry is a leader,
internationally, and we want to help
you succeed," the minister, Julian
Fantino, said.
Indeed, despite his adamance
regarding the institute's independence, Klein recognizes that CIDA
probably funded the CIIEID
The work that this
institute is going to do
will follow industry
and government
money Based on
previous experience
that we've observed
of CIDA investment
... it's really been
devastating.
Jennifer Moore
MiningWatch
because it believed that would help
the interests of Canadian industry.
Government has "been very clear
that they're trying to link... trade
to development," Klein acknowledged. "So that's their goal. From
the point ofthe institute, we are not
influenced by their agenda, by their
goals."
Malcolm Scoble, director of
advisory services for the CIIEID
and former head of UBC's mining
department, seemed more open
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to the possibility that the institute's financial backing could lead
to problems.
"We recognize the fact that in
five years' time, the federal government money ceases to be flowing
into this institute to support it, so
we have to ... look to that future,"
Scoble said. "Our plans for sustainability at this point in time are not
really shaped in any sense of form to
deal with that, but we're consciously aware of that."
Scoble said it was likely the
institute could reapply to DFATD
for more federal dollars after the
CIDA money runs out, which
means balancing the maintenance
of academic integrity while keeping
the future financial health ofthe
CIIEID in mind.
"It's a question of compromise
between ensuring that we really
get to launch some high quality
projects and interactions, but at the
same time, keep in mind developing
the capacity so that eventually this
is something that is sustainable
without, if you like, giving up [the
CIIEID's] central objective and, in
a sense, its independence," Scoble
said. "As you can see, that's fraught
with some contradictions along
the way that we're going to have to
negotiate."
Some outside the institute,
such as Jennifer Moore ofthe
Canadian NGO MiningWatch, are
skeptical that the institute will
be able to effectively manage that
tricky situation.
"The work that this institute is
going to do will follow industry and
government money," Moore said.
"Based on previous experience that
we've observed of CIDA investment
in policy and institutional change
in foreign countries, it's really been
devastating."
Moore specifically referred
to what she said was the work of
CIDA and the Canadian diplomatic
mission in Honduras to sideline the
country's civil society activists and
rewrite Honduran mining laws in
the aftermath of a government takeover by the military in 2009.
But Klein dismissed all such
concerns, saying the institute is independent of government interests
and would only provide information
to governments — from the national
level down to individual communities — if asked, and would not make
proactive policy recommendations.
"It's about informed decisions,
and if a country decides that it's not
in its best interest to have extractive
activities, that's completely up to
them," he said. "But if they want to
find out what are the opportunities
and benefits that would come from
that, as well as what are the negative impacts, we can provide that
information."
WAITING FOR INDUSTRY
DOLLARS
While questions over CIDA
funding for the CIIEID revolve
around the federal government's
desire to use its international aid
_ budget to promote Canadian
trade, mining
corporations
themselves are
expected to
fund the institute and pour
money into the
coffers of UBC.
An April 2013
report given to
UBC's Board
of Governors
described
three potential sources of
future funding
for the institute:
fundraising
"primarily from
PHOTO DANIELLE TAN/THE UBYSSEY  mining, Oil and
rechnology Enterprise Building,   gas industries,"
charitable grants and fees charged
for services.
"Right now we actually don't
have funding from industry, so we
are hoping in the years to come
that we will be able to access
their funding," Klein said, clarifying that it would be made clear
to any potential donors that the
CIIEID had a clear mission and
would not deviate from it due to
financial contributions.
Accessing those funds will be
important for the university, which
alongwith SFU has committed to
supporting the institute for 10 years
even though CIDA money will last
for only five. UBC seems abundantly confident, though, that mining
companies will be eager to donate
not only to the institute but to the
university as well, as the CIIEID
boosts UBC's image as a centre for
mining-related academia.
"Reputational benefits will lead
to new development and fundraising opportunities from industry (mining, oil and gas) for the
institute, but also more broadly for
UBC," the BoG report read.
The institute has tens of "institutional partners," including
NGOs, foreign governments and
mining companies. Seven mining
corporations, such as Vancouver's
Goldcorp, will be offering "knowledge sharing and collaboration on
specific objectives" ofthe institute,
according to the CIIEID's contribution agreement with CIDA.
UBC was not oblivious ofthe fact
the CIIEID might taint the university's reputation. The institute's
work being "perceived to primarily respond to Canadian industry
needs vs. developing countries" was
listed as a potential risk if the board
approved the institute.
Moore, of MiningWatch, said
concern was well-founded — while
the federal government and corporations may view an independent academic institute as lending
legitimacy to their economic goals,
the institute itself could well come
under fire for accepting contributions from those entities.
"Direct government support is
facing some issues in terms of credibility and legitimacy," Moore said.
"I think the academic institute, by
virtue of latching itself to those interests, will also carry with it some
credibility issues."
Klein said that so long as the
institute prioritized transparency, which he says it will, observers are free to come to their
own conclusions.
"Anybody can look at us and
criticize us for anything that we're
doing in light of that potential
conflict of interest," Klein said.
"That doesn't mean that you don't
proceed, it just means that you
acknowledge it and make sure you
have transparency."
NO STRANGERS TO THE
PRIVATE SECTOR
In addition to federal and potential
industry funding for the institute,
several CIIEID directors have extensive private sector experience.
Klein's official CIIEID biography mentions that he "spent
eight years as a consulting
process metallurgist" and touts
his work with the United Nations
Industrial Development Organization helping limit the impact
of the use of mercury in artisanal
mining. A more detailed history
of Klein's work was on display
in a copy of his CV on file with
the university, obtained by The
Ubyssey through an access-to-information request. The document
shows that since 1998, Klein has
been party to approximately $6.5
million in grants from private
corporations — often through
the federal government's NSERC
program, which partners industry with academic experts.
Anybody can look at
us and criticize us for
anything that we're
doing in light of that
potential conflict of
interest. That doesn't
mean you don't
proceed, it just means
that you acknowledge
it and make sure you
have transparency
Jennifer Moore
MiningWatch
The corporations funding Klein's
research, the subject of which was
redacted on the documents, include
companies with spotty environmental and human rights records
such as Placer Dome, Teck Resources and Vale.
Vancouver-based Teck was sued
in 2002 after a group of Eskimo villagers in Alaska claimed water from
Teck's Red Dog mine was poisoning
their drinking water. Teck was
found liable for 824 violations ofthe
U.S. Clean Water Act in a pretrial
ruling before the company reached
a settlement with the villagers
in 2008, agreeing to spend $120
million to build a 52-mile pipeline
to divert waste from the mine. The
Alaska Dispatch reported that as of
2014, Teck had yet to build the pipeline and was once again dumping
pollutants into a local creek after
receiving state approval.
In 2004, the company was
sued by the Colville Confederated
Tribes and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency for intentionally
polluting the Columbia River as far
back as 1896. Teck would eventually admit to dumping millions of
tons of mining waste into the river.
Additionally, last Tuesday Teck
spilled between 12,000 and 25,000
litres of sodium hydroxide into a
sewage line near Trail, B.C., the
company said.
The company has spent $1 billion
mitigating pollution and improving
the environmental conditions of
its Teck mine, a CBC report last
week said.
David Parker, senior adviser to
the CIIEID, worked at Teck for 21
years, according to his institute
biography. Parker served as VP
sustainability for Teck from 2008
to 2012.
Placer Dome, which was
headquartered in Vancouver but
acquired by Toronto's Barrick Gold
in 2006, has a raft of alleged human
rights violations.
At Barrick's Poregera gold mine
in Papau New Guinea, a 2011 Human Rights Watch report described
"a pattern of violent abuses, including horrifying gang rape ... carried
out by members ofthe mine's
private security force.
"For years, local activists have alleged that mine security personnel
carry out extrajudicial killings and
other violent abuses against illegal
miners and other local residents,"
the report read. "The mine has
also been widely condemned for
discharging six million tons of
liquid tailings (mine waste) into the
nearby Porgera River."
HRW also credits Barrick with
taking "some meaningful steps" to
address issues raised in the report.
Prior to Barrick's takeover ofthe
mine in 2006, however, the security
force was even less disciplined and
had not joined onto agreements like
the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
In 2004, Klein received a
$45,000 grant from Placer Dome
for unspecified research.
According to another HRW
report, titled "'What Is a House
Without Food?': Mozambique's
Coal Mining Boom and Resettlements," coal mines operated by
Vale and Rio Tinto have displaced local residents and forced
them into new villages where
they "have faced significant and
sustained disruptions in accessing
food, water and work."
In 2006, Vale — whose corporate
operations are based in the Cayman
Islands, a notorious tax haven
— acquired Inco, then Canada's
second-largest mining company.
Klein recorded $322,592 in grants
from Inco from 2007 to 2008, following its acquisition by Vale.
In 2012, Vale received the Public
Eye award for being the company
with the most "contempt for the
environment and human rights" in
the world.
Marcello Veiga, another faculty
member at the institute, consulted
for Placer Dome from 1999 to 2000
and previously worked for Vale
studying "new opportunities for
the mining and chemical sector,"
and "ideas to expand markets ofthe
CVRD [Vale] group."
Klein defended his and his
colleagues' industry-commissioned
research, saying it was essential to
helping mining companies improve
their operations. Noting that all the
research
was publicly
available
and did not
exclusively
benefit the
supporting
corporation,
Klein said
his research
specifically
focused on
how companies could
become
more environment-
ally friendly
through
improved
waste management and the use of
green energy.
"We are the group of people, the
universities are, that can conduct
that work in Canada," Klein said.
"Partnering with industry, if you're
going to have impact, is critical.
I couldn't do this work without
partnering with industry and then
[hoping] they would adopt the technologies that we're working on."
When it comes to working with
companies with especially bad environmental or human rights track
records, Klein made the comparison
to the CIIEID operating in a corrupt country, and said that was all
the more reason to get involved.
"We wouldn't want to work in a
country unless we thought we could
have an impact," Klein said. "A lot
of our work will reflect onto the
private sector and it will influence
them to change."
Klein also noted that in the past
15 years, mining companies have
begun focusing on improving their
environmental records, meaning
that much ofthe research he and
other faculty at the institute participated in was aiding in that mission.
Place Dome, Klein said, was the
first mining company to produce a
sustainability report, now standard
practice across the industry.
Still, critics point out that
Canada's mining industry has a
uniquely bad record when it comes
to human rights. A 2009 report
on the impact of Canadian mining
companies in the developing world
by the Canadian Centre for the
Study of Resource Conflict was
suppressed by its industry funders,
but later leaked and published. The
report found 171 incidents from
1999 through 2009 where Canadian
extractive industry companies were
involved in "community conflict,
human rights abuses, unlawful or
unethical practices, or environmental degradation in a developing
country."
"In comparison to their closest
peers, Australia and the United
Kingdom, Canadians were involved
in more than four times as many
incidents," the report found.
POTENTIAL FOR GOOD
Despite ties to industry, which
are to an extent inevitable when
working in the world of extractive
industry research, the CIIEID has
impressive goals. These include
aiding disadvantaged groups in
developing countries, including
women and aboriginals; assessing the needs of local populations
where extractive resources are located and training government officials; and graduate students from
the developing countries where the
CIIEID will be active.
CIIEID spokesperson Sara
Mclntyre pointed to a program
for artisanal miners in Ecuador
as an example ofthe institute's
work on poverty alleviation.
CIIEID is assisting independent,
small-scale miners stabilize their
livelihoods and training them in
proper environmental practices,
how to effectively negotiate with
large mining corporations and
how to turn their operations into
functioning companies.
Scoble, the director of advisory
services at CIIEID, said the line
the institute was walking between
cooperating with and perhaps aiding industry and working toward
the more benevolent goal of poverty
alleviation was similar to the mission of UBC's mining department.
"We graduate people who are
going to enter the mining engineering industry, but as a consequence
of what we hope their educational experience will be, we're
hoping they're going to contribute
to positive industry practices,"
Scoble said.
Scoble added that while Canadian government-funded efforts to
affect the governance of extractive resource industries in foreign
countries have been criticized in
the past, the CIIEID is uniquely
situated due to its interdisciplinary
nature. Bringing together SFU's
Beedie School of Business and UBC
and EPM's diverse engineering and
education experience will allow
the institute to approach difficult
situations in innovative ways.
"We've got an inherent belief in
the nature of this kind of assistance
to the developing world and we
want to try and make it succeed,"
Scobel said.
Klein demurred when asked if
the federal government would be
pleased with CIIEID's work.
"In their request for the proposal, there [were] specific goals that
the institute needs to address,"
Klein said ofthe three universities'
original pitch to CIDA. "If we're
able to achieve those goals and
demonstrate poverty reduction,
they should be satisfied that we've
done what we've been asked to
do." XI // Sports + Rec
SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING »
OR  NATALIE SCADDEN
More than a dance routine in the pool
UBC Synchro Club headed to nationals in Ontario this weekend, hoping for competitive club status
Reyhana Heatherington
Senior Lifestyle Writer
To hear Jacqueline Tiplady
describe her sport of choice, you
might think she was discussing
football, soccer, or even mixed
martial arts.
"You get beat up a lot," she
says. "Obviously your legs are
going everywhere. It can get kind
of violent."
Tiplady, a fifth-year English
literature major, is the treasurer
ofthe UBC Synchro Club.
While ladies in frilly bathing
suits are the stereotypical image
of synchronized swimming,
Tiplady says people don't realize
how physically demanding the
sport canbe.
"It's kind of funny when I
come home with bruises on my
legs and people are like ... 'Did
you get that from soccer?' [I say,]
'No, synchro,'" Tiplady laughs.
She began swimming at age 10,
has been on the advanced synchro team at UBC for five years
and is now the oldest member of
that team.
It's kind of funny when
I come home with
bruises on my legs
and people are like...
'Did you get that from
soccer?' [I say] 'No,
synchro.'
Jacqueline Tiplady
Treasurer, UBC Synchro Club
Like many other UBC sports
teams and clubs, UBC Synchro
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Members ofthe UBC Synchro Club practice one of their routines in preparation for the national championships.
president Melissa Chiu and the
team's coaches filled out an appli-
cationinthe hopes of being granted
competitive club status next year.
"We're not sure how realistic it
is for us to expect varsity status,
so our goal is to hopefully get
competitive club status," Tiplady
says. "It would certainly help us
attract more high-performance
athletes, and become a stronger
team in general."
"We will do whatever it takes
to get the support that our athletes deserve from UBC," Chiu
wrote in an email to The Ubyssey.
The club has advanced and
novice-level teams totalling
about 24 swimmers. The "up-
and-coming" novice program
has doubled in size in the past
two years, and one ofthe novice
teams has won gold at the Canadian University Synchronized
Swimming League (CUSSL)
Western meets for two consecutive seasons. Since the advanced
team often competes against
schools with more funding and
former national team swimmers,
Tiplady says for now, the UBC
team is just "in it for fun." This
year, through fundraising efforts
including a pub night, bake sales
and a Kickstarter campaign,
the team raised $1,800, which
goes towards pool time, coaches'
salaries and travel to the national
competition in Ontario.
Rebecca Molnar, a third-
year anthropology major and
vice-president ofthe Synchro
Club, is in her second year with
the novice team. She became
involved with synchro when
her best friend, the head novice
coach, convinced her to give it a
try. She was soon a convert.
"I realized how much I loved
it really quickly," Molnar says.
"I danced and did gymnastics
before, so it was a fairly good
transition for me."
One key element in synchronized swimming is coordinating
patterns in close proximity to
each other. This year, the team
found a new way to remind themselves about this rule.
"If you put out your arms, bent
at a 90-degree angle, your elbow
should be touching your neighbours, so we've come up with a
term: 'elbros,'" Molnar says. "So if
[we're] not close enough, our coach
yells at us, 'Find your elbro!'"
For Molnar, the Western meet
was nerve-wracking. Fortunately,
having home pool advantage as
event co-hosts was helpful for
the team.
"This competition was really
great because it was at home —
we were able to have our friends
and family there, cheering us
on," she says. "So that was really
special."
Molnar took home gold for her
solo event as well as gold with
her novice team. Like Tiplady,
she thinks the sport doesn't get
the credit it deserves, despite
being an Olympic sport since the
1984 Games in Los Angeles.
"It's important for people to
recognize that synchronized
swimming is a sport," she says.
"You'd see the flower caps and
diving into the water one right
after another, but it's an extremely athletic activity and I think
that it would be nice for people to
recognize it as such." XI
The UBC Synchro team will head to
McMaster University this weekend
to compete in the nationals.
T-BIRDS 5-ON-5
WATER BABIES
KAYLA
JOHNSTON
Alpineskiing
1. What aquatic activity do you do most often
and what's the best part about it?
2. Describe the UBCAquaticCentre in three
words.
Swimming. I can't get
enough of the water. It's
such a foreign but fun medium to play with, as long
as I'm in the comforting
confines of a pool.
Grungy, humbling,
home.
Swimming. The best part
is celebrating success
withmyteam.
"It's a mess," like Marty
Hugginsfrom The
Campaign says it.
Scuba diving. I love
thefeeling of defying
nature and breathing
underwater.
Wet, moist and damp.
I spend three mornings
a week pool running to
get in some non-impact
mileage. [It's] pretty dull,
butifyou'reluckythe
swim team is there and
that is never a bad sight.
Needsawaterslide!
Rowing takes up most
of mytime.Since you
face backwards, there
is something innately
pleasing about watching
the crews you 're
beating.
Damp youth hostel.
3. What's your favourite energy/sports drink?        Concentrated Gatorade.
I drinknothing but
water — seems to do
the trick.
I like to keep it simple
so it's actually just
water.
Starbucks coffee.
Nothing gets me up for
a 5 a.m. row like the caffeine in MusclePharm, or
its street cousin Hyphy
Mud.
4. What was your most memorable encounter
with an aquatic animal?
None. I'm so terrified of
open waterthatl have
neverhadone.
The fat rat that came
from underthe pool
bleachers and graced
us with its presence after
practice one day. We
named himTempleton.
The time I went scuba
diving and came face to
face with the legendary
Okanagan Lake serpent
called Ogopogo.
My sister Robyn is actually part fish. She spends
more time in the water
than on dry land, since
she's a competitive
swimmer.
Joe Forte has a really
nicesablefish and
risotto.
5. If you won a yacht, what would you name
it?
Poseidon's Trident.
Frank the Tank, because
thatwould be legendary.
Hope She Floats —
because when it really
comes down to it, thats
what we should all pray
for.
Titanic — because no
one should evertrust me
with a boat.
Knotty Adventures, for
obvious reasons. II Culture
RHYS EDWARDS
OPERA»
Pf!f!W!Wflfff!
Beneath the mask
What it takes to walk the stage in UBC's rigorous opera program
Fornewwebexclusives,
visit ubyssey.ca/culture.
»
Rebekah Ho
Contributor
Il cappello di paglia di Firenze (The
Florentine Straw Hat) is the type
of opera where the appropriate response to a horse eating a hat is for
the cast to spiral into My Big Fat
Greek Wedding-esque theatrics.
UBC Opera is the first Canadian
group to present this farcical story
about an affair gone wrong, a
chaotic wedding and the universal
experience of having irrational
family members.
"The thing to keep in mind
about this opera is that it was
based out of a silent movie story
... so the acting that is appropriate
for this opera is very grand and
very physical and very exaggerated," said Kevin Guiman, a
third-year opera major who plays
Vezinet, the deaf uncle.
"I still laugh out loud on stage
sometimes," said Geoff Schellen-
berg, who plays Beaupertuis, the
jealous husband. "It's really a lot
of physical humor.... People are
always in the wrong spot or
are mistaken for someone
else."
The cast promises a
non-stop show that
will keep the audience laughing. They
themselves cannot
predict what may
happen on stage.
"The action
never really
stops for someone just to sing
a song about
how they're
feeling," said
Deborah
Blakesley,
who plays
the dramatic
baroness.
"There [are] so
many possibilities for things
to change or
go wrong or for
costumes to explode. [We could
have] feather
boas everywhere
... like birds died
on stage. You just
never know what's
going to happen,
and that's part ofthe
fun, because you can't
stop."
First premiering in
1955, The Florentine Straw
Hat was written by famed
Italian composer Nino Rota,
who also created the renowned
soundtrack to The Godfather. The
UBC cast received their scores in
November and have been working
on it everyday since.
"I was probably putting in... at
least two [or] three hours a day
trying to memorize the music,"
said Schellenberg. "That was just
learning it and not singing through
it and finding out how it sits in
your voice, and then having to add
the staging to it and remembering
what it means in English."
Perfecting the craft of opera is
not as formulaic as just practicing
for four or five hours a day.
On top of that, UBC opera
majors have to take
three years of
languages —
French, Italian and German — and
other academic courses such as
English, music theory and history,
all while rehearsing for shows.
"We're here from morning to
evening, either doing our homework, doing our classwork or
rehearsing, and then lessons every
week with our professors," said
Guiman. "It's getting into that
mentality that you need to know
all these things in order to prepare
for your role."
"[Your voice] an organic instrument, [and] you just have to
keep building on what you have,"
said Schellenberg. "Once you have
your foundation of technique, you
have your music, [and] you learn
your words. You coach with piano,
[and] you learn what the orchestra
is doing beneath you and what the
other characters are doing and
then you start singing with other
people."
You're on stage with all
your music memorized,
which means you
understand what the
music is supposed to
represent and [you also
know] what every word
means and [are] trying
to express it with your
characterization and
your poise. Everything
comes together to
create a complete
story and put that all
together.
Geoff Schellenberg
Third-year opera student
Opera singers face the challenge
of playing the role of musician,
actor and linguist all at once, and
additionally, they have to do it
without a microphone.
"We have to compete with this
[30 to 60] piece orchestra, and not
everybody can be that loud to cut
through that orchestra," Guiman
said. "That's a unique thing about
opera."
"The orchestra in most operas
are telling their own story and
you're heightening it with the
words and you're enhancing
the melody as the singer," said
Schellenberg. "[It's] different type
of work and tends to have more
emphasis on a larger ensemble."
Even though the UBC music
program is intensive and a
career in opera is demanding,
these young singers still want to
share what they are passionate
about — because they are able to
understand the meaning behind
the music.
"You're on stage, with all your
music memorized, which means
you understand what the music
is supposed to represent and
[you also know] what every word
means and [are] trying to express
it with your characterization and
your poise," said Schellenberg.
"Everything comes together to
create a complete story and put
that all together."
Guiman stays hopeful and
wants to people to recognize
the fruit of an opera singer's
labour.
"Once you've done the
work, you appreciate the art
form more, and I believe
that it gives nourishment
to the mind and soul
when you truly understand and truly appreciate opera, because it's
been here for a very
long time and there's
a reason why," said
Guiman. "For us
young people who
are trying to make
opera as a career,
it's depressing to
see that there are
opera houses that
are closing and the
art form is slowly
dwindling, but as
young people who
are passionate about
opera, it's our job to
show people that there
is a reason why this art
form is still here and why it's
important."
The Florentine Straw Hat will
play at the Chan Centre from
Feb. 6-9. Tickets are available at
ticketmaster.com for $37.
Brent MacKenzie, left, will share the role
of deaf uncle Vezinet with Kevin Guiman
in UBC Opera's production of The Florentine Straw Hat. He is shown here
both before (right) and after (left)
application of makeup and a wig.
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STEVEN RICHARDS AND MACKENZIE
WALKER/THE UBYSSEY
MUSIC »
Fretless folk
foursome to fiddle at
Point Grey
Alex Meisner
StaffWriter
Ten days and a great deal of tea.
That was all that was required
for three fiddlers and a cellist to
create the arrangements for their
first album. The Fretless, made
up of Ivonne Hernandez (fiddle),
Karrnnel Sawitsky (fiddle), Trent
Freeman (fiddle) and Eric Wright
(cello), got together on Vancouver
Island for the first time in November 2011, and quickly became known
for taking string music to new and
exciting places.
"There's nobody else that does
what we do. A string quartet often
is in a classical setting, and we don't
play classical. So, I think that in
itself is very unique," Hernandez
explained. "We utilize the different
things each instrument can do in its
range, and then we expand on that
and we add other elements that classical music doesn't really add."
The Fretless released their first
album, Waterbound, in early 2012.
They begin the debut tour of their
newest arrangements on their latest
self-titled album on Feb. 6.
"More so than an inspiration, it's
trying to move this traditional music
that we've all grownup playing, and
move that in a different direction,"
said Freeman. "So it wasn't just
coming from a particular event or
emotion, but just a general expansion of what we already know. We're
all coming at it from that same
perspective ... which made it easy to
push the music."
Freeman first started his musical
career at UBC, before becoming
Hernandez's roommate at Berklee
College of Music. "I had an awesome
time at UBC. I was in the music
program, I was studying classical
music there," said Freeman. "Just
being able to rehearse every week
in the Chan Centre [was] pretty
inspirational."
Having competed against
Hernandez and Freeman in folk
competitions across Canada, fellow
fiddler Sawitsky agrees the new
album showcases diversity and new
sounds for fiddle lovers. "When I
mean diversity, we live in the fiddle
world, so our diversity isn't really
diverse to someone who doesn't
know the fiddle world. We didn't
want just a straight album with a lot
of fast reels.
"We're trying to reinvent something that's been around for a really
longtime."
What sets the Fretless apart from
other string quartets? "Between the
four of us, we all have a very diverse
musical taste," said Sawitsky.
Wright, who was living in L. A. when
he joined the band, enjoys playing
as a dubstep artist and rock band
drummer; Fernandez likes mainstream pop music; and Freeman is
drawn to the jazz scene.
"Myself, I'm more like the songwriter — my biggest passion is writing music, and just creating," said
Sawitsky. "So I think the combination of those four different worlds is
what helps to create our sound."
The Fretless are scheduled to
perform in an album pre-release
show in Point Grey on Feb. 9.
"We're just having fun with it, with
festivals, and different concerts and
different cities. I'm really looking
forward to it," said Hernandez. tJ
TheFretless will perform at St. James
Hall, located at 3214 West 10th Ave.,
on Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. II Opinions
VARSITY
REGISTRATION
<=^
ILLUSTRATION JETHROAIVTHE UBYSSEY
While teams such as men's hockey and women's soccer await the decision on their future varsity status, other clubs hope to raise their
status as well.
LAST WORDS //
MOVING ON UP?
While we don't like seeing current UBC varsity teams in danger
of losing their status, we applaud
the university for offering AMS
sports clubs to become competitive clubs under the UBC
Athletics umbrella. Members
of these clubs put considerable
time, effort and money into their
training and competition schedules, without much support from
the university.
In some cases, their sports
are contested in the CIS and
NCAA and other university-level
leagues. But perhaps most
importantly, these clubs offer
quality instruction to novices,
which allows for participation
by many UBC students. We hope
increased funding and support
for these clubs will benefit the
student body as a whole, and
encourage more people to get
involved with UBC Athletics.
BUDGET BLUES
Accordingto documents obtained
by The Ubyssey, UBC has a funding shortage of approximately $25
million. While these numbers are
not yet finalized, UBC VP Finance
Pierre Ouillet says the funding prob
lems in infrastructure and student
services keep him awake at night.
Considering that many of these
funding problems are the result of
a decrease in provincial funding,
UBC shouldn't be hopeful that the
province will change their tune
and make up the shortfall. And
while hosting more conferences
on campus during the summer
should help, it's not going to raise
$25 million — which could leave
students to fund the difference.
UBC is considering raising
tuition for the Faculty of Law,
whose domestic students already
pay over $10,000 annually (international students pay twice that).
Tuition increases in other faculties were not on the documents,
but Ouillet said UBC is looking for
increased revenues from students.
UBC is also looking at restructuring, as is already happening
in the Faculty of Applied Science
and the Faculty of Medicine. We
hope the university can weed out
enough inefficiencies there that
the weight ofthe deficit doesn't
fall too hard on students.
RELEASE RESULTS
EARLIER
The AMS elections are over, and
for the most part, they went off
without a hitch. There were no
voting scandals and no one put
together a Rick Mercer-esque
video decrying other candidates.
But things could have run
smoother. One problem was the
code that governs the elections.
It's a thick document full of
contradictions and quick fixes to
address online voting. The appeals
system still references Student
Court, which hasn't convened for
years. It sets very specific timing
schedules that aren't necessarily
best for the society, and it needs to
be updated, badly.
What did that mean for this
election? It meant that if the elections administrator wanted to, say,
interpret that code very conservatively, you get late election results,
a weird schedule, a narrow period
of time for nominations (because
let's be honest, no one's thinking
about the elections cycle during
exams) and a plethora of violations
and accusations that amounted to
posturing. It didn't help that the
rules were poorly communicated
to candidates, either.
Luckily, AMS Council is going
to have to address this document
to rejig the election for next year,
when the elections will take
place later in the term. So this is a
request: don't just make a cursory
edit to the election rules — fix
them. XI
Ban abortion graphics
JANE SHI
Op-Ed
Every year, the Genocide Awareness
Project (GAP) puts on a campus
display created by the Centre for
Bioethical Reform and endorsed
by a UBC pro-life club. This display
consists of a series of magnified
images of what the group claims are
appropriate visualizations of abortion, placed next to images of historical genocides. This pairing is done
to convey the message that abortion
is comparable to genocide, and that
people who receive abortions are
morally equivalent to those in power
who allow and commit genocides.
This school year ushers in the
AMS Women's Centre's 40th
anniversary. Speaking as its current
coordinators, we find ourselves as
dedicated as ever in our endeavours
to end anything which compromises
the safety and well-being of women
(and everyone else who experiences gender-based oppression) in
the UBC community. The ongoing
presence of GAP at UBC concerns
us because of its capacity to trigger,
traumatize and shame the same
bodies for which the AMS Women's
Centre exists to provide safety.
About a week ago, we sent UBC
President Stephen Toope a letter
requesting a ban on the public presence of GAP imagery on campus.
Rather than asking to prohibit the
opinions, voices or bodies which
promote these images, we asked
Toope to simply stop GAP's graphic
imagery from being displayed.
The signs contain images of
bloodied bits of fetal flesh, dead
babies, emaciated children, bloody
corpses of people killed in genocides and wars, as well as victims of
animal testing. UBC is comprised
of people from diverse backgrounds
including people who have experienced abortion, and survivors of
genocide and war. These groups
are especially vulnerable to being
triggered from the violence these
images depict, and it is unjustifiable to make them relive traumatic
experiences they have endured.
These images are displayed
outside in areas of high traffic;
sometimes these locations are
particularly inappropriate. For
example, last year the GAP display
contained images of Holocaust
victims, and was displayed in front
ofthe Hillel House, an organization
for Jewish students.
GAP states that anyone who gets
an abortion is as blameworthy as
people who incite war and commit genocide. One example of this
shaming was visible last year, when
a woman associated with GAP
donned a grave facial expression
and stood in front ofthe display
with a sign around her neck reading
"I regret my abortion." Such statements moralize against women who
get pregnant even as a result of rape.
Given the recent reports of sexual
assaults on campus, and knowing
that most acts of violence against
women go unreported, we find this
shaming unconscionable.
The claim that abortion is in
any way equivalent to genocide is
unwarranted. Genocide is defined
as the systematic extermination
of a specific group of people.
Saying people who support or
receive abortions are doing so to
deliberately commit mass murder
is blatantly illogical. Abortion is
a surgical procedure performed
for a variety of complex reasons,
such as in the case of one's health
being jeopardized by a pregnancy.
GAP uses occurrences of genocide
to promote their message, and in
doing so they devalue the past and
present horrors these events carry
in the world. This is especially unacceptable considering the colonial
history ofthe land UBC occupies,
and the genocides committed here
and across Canada against First
Nations peoples.
The AMS Women's Centre
respects all opinions regarding
abortion and takes no specific
stance in the life-versus-choice
debate. However, we cannot accept
the university's allowance of GAP
displays given their potential to
traumatize and harm our peers.
Our student body is clearly disturbed by the GAP signs. Petitions,
protests and narratives follow the
display year after year, but these
appeals are continuously ignored
bythe university administration. If
the university cares about student
safety, these voices ought to matter
enough to be listened to and taken
seriously.
We hope to highlight the AMS
Women's Centre's awareness of
GAP's longstanding presence on
campus; in fact, UBC was the first
post-secondary institution in Canada to display the signs. We stress
that lack of action taken by Toope
and administration galvanizes us
as a Centre to take further action to
hold the university accountable.
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