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Array PROTEST-VIGIL INFO PICKET SINCE I918
It's a dog eat dog universe.
Read about the cannibalization of
the universe on pagf 3.
The Hurt Locker
starts at the Norm on
Oct. 14. Catch the review
before watching the film:
ubyssey.ca/culture.
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YOUR STUDENT NEWSPAPER IS PUBLISHED EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY • VOLUME 91, NUMBER XI • ROOf
MION BUILDING • F /
"...to regulate,
prohibit and impose
requirements in relation
to noise on or in
real property, buildings
and structures of the
university..."
Under new law,
UBC could soon
be able to collect
parking fines and
legally restrict
noise on campus
SAMANTHA JUNG
news(?ubyssey.ca
A bill is making its way through
legislature that, if passed, will
ultimately give UBC more power
over students and residents—by
allowing the institution to fine and
collect parking tickets and to impose restrictions on noise levels on
campus.
Bill 13 is on its first readings
in provincial legislature and could
become law in as little as two or
three weeks, according to UBC's
VP External, Legal and Community
Relations Stephen Owen. It would
amend clauses in the province's
current University Act, and will affect all universities and colleges in
BC, giving them more governance
over their campuses.
The bill comes as a relief to UBC,
which was sued by Dan S Barbour
in 2005 when his car was towed
because he refused to pay four
parking tickets worth a total of
$200. If passed, it will override the
court ruling that UBC is not a legal
authority, and therefore cannot collect fines for parking violations on
campus.
Owen said that the university is
pleased by Bill 13.
"Frankly, it's pretty clear that
it's something that had to be corrected," said Owen, "and if the
lawsuit was able to continue, ten
years of fines and millions of dollars would have to be paid to people
who broke the rules."
Owen added that if this did not
happen, the millions of dollars that
UBC was sued for would have had
to come out of the university's general funds—money that could be
spent on students.
"[For Barbour] to have repeatedly, knowingly parked, without
paying, his Jaguar at UBC, and expect students to pay for that is just
outrageous," he said, "so it's a very
good decision by the government."
Under the proposed law the
university will also be allowed "to
regulate, prohibit and impose requirements in relation to noise on
or in real property, buildings and
structures of the university" and
charge fees for violations of these
regulations. Owen said that once
this is passed, it is up to the Board
of Governors (BoG) to decide on the
imposition of these regulations.
"Any community has to have the
ability to have some kind of regulations," said Owen. "You have to
have some control over behaviour,
whether it's noise or parking. You
know there are some rules of common decency that any institution,
whether it's a local government
of the university, has to have the
means to enforce for the public
good."
"This is a big win for students
in BC," he added, "and there's no
other way to cut it. And for anybody
to suggest that this is inappropriate
public policy to give universities
and colleges on behalf of students
the right to organize civilized behaviour..it's preposterous for anyone to suggest it's anything but in
students' benefit and good public
policy."
However, students are already
wary of the proposed law. Former
AMS VP Academic and University
Affairs Alex Lougheed, who is an
editor for the blog UBC Insiders,
discussed the pros and cons in a
recent post. "This amendment represents an opportunity and a grave
risk," wrote Lougheed. "The [BoG]
will be pressured immediately to
enact regulation under its new
found powers.
"If such regulation is enacted,
the RCMP will have more leverage,
beyond the Criminal Code, to enter,
fine and interrupt campus culture.
That said, if handled responsibly,
this power could clarify the rules
around noise and nuisance on
campus lands, which may be a
good thing."
"Nobody should see any change
as a result of this in any of the
general rules of civil behaviour at
UBC that have always been there,"
said Owen. "It goes beyond civil
and
behaviour, it's about safety
certainly about fairness."
The new law is especially
relevant to altercations between
residents of the fraternity houses
and the RCMP. Over the past year,
these two parties have clashed over
rights to make noise on campus in
what has been deemed the "War on
Fun."
Current AMS VP Academic and
University Affairs Johannes Rebane
said that giving UBC a bit more authority over its campus is fair.
"I think it's fair. Up to this point
three quarters of the stop signs
on campus were fake, and even if
you ran a stop sign you couldn't be
charged for it because under the
authority of UBC they weren't able
to impose anything like that," he
said. "It's giving them a bit more
ability to control things."
But Rebane added that the AMS
will remain wary. "As long as the
university does not go ahead and
not try to abuse those powers then
I think it's all fair that such measures are in place," he said.
"I think that the AMS will continue to make sure that whatever
noise policies are passed are fair
and aren't infringing on students'
ability to lead a fulfilling social and
academic university career." tl
"Up to this point three quarters ofthe stop
signs on campus were fake, and even if you
ran a stop sign you couldn't be charged for it."
—Johannes Rebane
AMS VP Academic
2009-10'13
■ NEWS   BRIEFS
ENGINEERS ENTER ROBOT INTO NASA
COMPETITION
A team of UBC Engineering undergrads
will enter a robot that shovels moon
dust to a competition at NASA.
The students have created a robot
that can excavate simulated lunar soil,
also known as regolith. The team will
be competing for a $500,000 prize and
the chance to contribute to future NASA
space exploration projects.
The robot will be tested in a box with
eight tons of simulated regolith measuring four metres square and a half metre
deep. It will be required to dig and
dump about 150 kilograms of regolith
in 30 minutes.
STUDY: BC RESIDENTS SPENT $25
MILLION ON VIAGRA IN 2008
A UBC study has found that BC residents
spend 2 5 per cent less on medicine per
capita than the rest of the country, except when it comes to drugs for erectile
dysfunction.
The study is not conclusive whether
a higher proportion of men in BC is
the cause ofthe greater use of Viagra,
Cialis, Levitra and other drugs. Some
experts reason that this is because it is
used recreationally in the homosexual
community, or that doctors are not as
conservative when prescribing Viagra
as with other medications.
Weighing in at $24.8 million, the BC
per-capita spending on these drugs was
13 per cent higher than the national
average in 2008.
GOOGLE STREET VIEW RAISES PRIVACY
CONCERNS
A new application on Google Maps,
called Street View, is raising privacy
concerns in many countries.
The application, which launched last
Wednesday, allows internet-goers to
view streets and neighbourhoods in several Canadian cities with a 360-degree
virtual tour. BC's Information and Privacy Commissioner David Loukidelis told
the Vancouver Sun that there are privacy
issues that need to be addressed.
Google has face- and licence plate-
blurring technology for Street View,
but observations by third parties have
found that the technology does not
always work.
Google defended their application,
stating that people can request to have
something removed.
"When we're driving through public
streets, anything you would see from a
public street you would see on Google
Maps," Google spokeswoman Wend
Rozeluk told the Vancouver Sun.
NOVA SCOTIA COLLEGE UNION
SUGGEST DEAL TO AVERT POSSIBLE
STRIKE
A union representing workers from
13 community colleges in Nova Scotia
is calling for a binding arbitration
to avert a strike that would suspend
classes for 25,000 students across the
province.
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union said
last Thursday that October 20 was the
date for a possible walkout. The union
is demanding a 2.9 per cent salary increase, the same given to public school
teachers in 2008, while the province is
offering a one per cent salary increase.
Employees have been without a contract
since last August.
In the event of a strike, there would
be no classes in session, but campuses
would remain open, including libraries, bookstores, computer labs and
cafeterias.
CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES ADVANCE IN
WORLD RANKINGS-EXCEPT UBC
UBC has fallen in the annual world
university rankings ofthe top 200 institutions, while other schools in Canada
have gained status on the global scale.
The universities of McGill, Alberta
and Toronto have seen improved rankings from last year in the sixth annual
Times Higher Education-QS World
University Rankings. However, UBC has
dropped six spots from lastyear, from
34 to 40. tJ 2/UBYSSEY.CA/EVENTS/2009.10.13
OCTOBER 13, 2009
VOLUME XCI, N°XI
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CONTRIBUTORS
The shot was fired, Paul Bucci ducked and Kate
Barbaria fired again. Trevor Record was running away as
Justin McElroy, Micheal Thibault, Kathy Yan Li and Morgan Tien took careful aim. The turkey hunt was under
way! Samatha Jung had the gun gripped firmly as she
took aim at Charlize Gordon. Suddenly she stopped...
running the other direction was Trevor Melanson holding
Ian Turner and Matthew Willis by the hands. Gerald Deo
was all alone in the woods, or so he thought, as the
bullet from Jennifer Gibson's gun passed through him
Katherine Mackin, Lance Zhou and Kyrstin Bain were
watching from the "control room." Outside it was crazy,
Sarah Chung and Alice Hou were firing at anything that
moved. Roel Moeurs, Austin Holm and Keegan Bursaw
were the targets! Zoe Siegel was feeding Alex Lougheed
bullets from the gun. Kasha Chang watched in amazement as Katarina Grgic made everyone start over again
Tara Martellaro was in the corner laughing hysterically
EVENTS
ONGOING EVENTS
Journal Writing: A Voice of One's
Own • Keeping a journal is a powerful
way to enhance creativity and increase
self-awareness. This course, led by
Marlene Schiwy, PhD, encourages your
inner voice to speak out. Whether you
are seeking creative inspiration and a
stimulating atmosphere in which to write,
or working on the great Canadian novel,
this course will get your creative juices
flowing. Please bring a blank notebook or
journal to class. • Saturdays, Oct 10-Nov
14, 9:30am-1230pm, Rm TBA, $375,
more info 604 822 9564.
MetalHead • Exibitition at the Lookout
Gallery at Regent College explores the
artist's journey after suffering a car accident that shattered her skull and half of
her face, leaving her with three permanent, stainless steel plates in her head
• Runs from Sept 23 to Oct 29 and is
open Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm, and Sat
\2pm-4pm., Regent CoSege, more info at
visitregent-college.edu/events/galbry or
call 604 224 3245.
AMS Ski & Snowboard Fair • Check
out the SUB Main Concourse for the
latest ski and snowboard equipment,
apparel, and accessories before the
winter season. V\fetch out for UBC Ski
& Board Club activities during the week
Equipment swap, beverage garden party,
and much more! Come check out what's
in store for the new winter snow season!
• Oct 13-16,10am-5:30pm, for more info
e-mail conco3@amsubc.ca
The Hurt Locker • A US Army bomb
squad are put in dangerous condtions
by their seemingly reckless squad
commander • Oct 14-15,17-18, Norm
Theatie, SUB, 9pm, $4 general admis-
sfon, $2 members.
Open Access Week • Should we have
to pay to access academic research, often publidy funded, that benefits society
and leads to a greater understanding of
today's pressing issues? Open access
is a growing international movement that
encourages the unrestricted sharing of
research results for the advancement of
science and society. • Event series run
Oct 20-22, Dodson Room, IBLC, for
more info at braryubcca
Taiwan Sublime: Four photography
masters' visions of the Treasure
Island • An exhibit taking place in the
Irving K Barber Learning Centre, which
features the work of four legendary Taiwanese photographers and their vision
of Taiwan. • Starts Oct. 15.
The Dance Centre presents Discover
Dance! • Discover Dance! is a series
showcasing diverse BC-based companies, presented by The Dance Centre,
BCs resource centre for dance. The
Discover Dance! noon series continues
with a dynamic performance by Josh
Beamish's MOVE: the company The
company will perform a piece, followed
by a question-and-answer session fa
the audience. • Until May 27, 12pm,
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St,
tix $10/$7 students on ticketston'ightca,
for more info see thedancecentreca
THURSDAY, OCT. 15
UBC Greenpeace Association
presents The Age of Stupid • Cinema
documentary with guest speaker Jodie
Martinson, maker of To the Tar Sands
The drama-documentary-animation
hybrid stars Oscar-nominated Pete
Postlethwaite as an old man living in
the devastated world of 2055, watching
'archive' footage from 2008 and asking:
why ddn't we stop dimate change
while we had the chance? • 3pm, Norm
Theatre, suggested donation $2-5, more
info at ageofstupidnet
UBC Photography Society Presents:
Lincoln Clarkes • Meeting and guest
lecture: open to members and the public
Complimentary food and drink • 6pm,
Lilboet Room IKBLC, for more info e-mail
photosocubc@gmai.com or see worldwi-
degreeneyes.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13
Erotic Texts of the Bible • Come learn
more about this little-known part of the
Bible and engage in lively dscussion. •
1pm-2pm, SUB 224, free
Purple and Yellow Volunteer Work
Party • Volunteer work party at the AMS
Bike Co-op where participants can repair
and paint purple and yellow bicydes. No
experience necessary, pizza provided. •
6pm-9pm, AMS Ste Co-cp, free
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14
Should we criminalize doping? *The
first in this year's Human Kinetics1
seminar series, featuring University of
Texas Austin professor Dr John Hober-
man will be talking about testosterone
and sport. • 1230am-2pm, War Memorial Gym Room 100, free.
Phase 5, UBC Campus Plan student
consultations «This is the first of four
chances that students have to voice
their opinions about the development
of their campus. UBC Campus and
Community Planning is seeking feedback
about the drafted Campus Plan. This is
the last chance students will have for 20
years to give their input. • pm-4pm, Lie
Scbnces Centre, 2350 Health Sciences
Mai, free.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16
Think Pink: UBC Men's hockey vs.
Manitoba Bisons • Come support
your Thunderbirds with the ho-
meopener. All fans are encouraged to
wear pink or buy a t-shirt to support
the fight against breast cancer as part
of UBC Athletic^ THINK PINK promotion. • 7:30pm, Thunderbird Arena, $2/
student
The Hangover Beverage Garden •
UBC Film Society presents a beverage
garden to watch the Vegas romp The
Hangover Bring your best hangover
story and you could win great prizes!
• 7pm-9pm, Norm Theatre, SUB, $6
general admission, $3/members.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
Field Hockey vs. Alberta Pandas •
Come SLpport your UBC Thunderbirds
in this weekend match-Lp against the
Alberta Pandas. • pm-3pm, Wright
Feb, free.
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Excerpts from Bill 13 (page u
(t) regulate, prohibit and impose requirements in relation to
the use of real property, buildings, structures and personal
property of the university, including in respect of
(i) activities and events,
(ii) vehicle traffic and parking, including bicycles, and
pedestrian traffic;
(t. 1) to regulate, prohibit and impose
requirements in relation to noise
on or in real property, buildings and
structures of the university;
(t. 2) for the purposes of paragraphs (t) and
(t 1) to provide for the removal, immobilization
or impounding, and recovery, of any property
associated with a contravention of a rule or
other instrument made in the exercise of a
power under this section;
(t. 3) to set, determine and
collect fees for the purposes
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News
New archaeological surveys suggest that galaxies (such as the Andromeda galaxy pictured here) grow by ripping apart other galaxies, photo courtesy of robert gendler
It's a dog eat dog universe
Research has new explanation for galaxy growth: cannibalism
ROEL MOEURS
Contributor
It's a dog eat dog universe—new
archaeological surveys by researchers into the Andromeda galaxy
proves the theory of galaxy formation
through the destruction of others.
Upon hearing the word archaeology, space isn't normally the first
thing that comes to mind. Yet,
the Pan-Andromeda Archaeological
Survey (PAndAS) is changing not
only the semantics of the word, but
also the way we think about galaxy
formation.
The project, currently halfway
complete, uses the Canada-France-
Hawaii Telescope to get a closer look
on our nearest big galaxy, Andromeda (about two million light years
away). "It's a small telescope, but it
has a very wide field imaging camera
that photographs one square degree
of the sky, which is about a few times
bigger than a full moon," said UBC
astronomy professor Harvey Richer,
one of the researchers involved in
the international project.
"What we are doing is taking images of the area around Andromeda
and what we have found is that the
galaxy extends far further out than
any had previously thought. What
we are seeing is the splash of the
interaction between two galaxies
(Andromeda and its companion,
the Triangulum galaxy), spread all
around it, which is quite spectacular," said Richer.
"Basically, Andromeda has cannibalized the galaxies it comes into
contact with."
As Richer explained, these findings are very important in proving
the so-called "hierarchal galaxy
formation theory," which states that
galaxies grow by interaction with
other galaxies. "Up until now, it was
a nice theory, but these findings provide a smoking gun for it," he said.
"Through PAndAs, we can see, virtually in real time, one galaxy being
torn apart and its stars splashed all
over the place."
It is not only the Andromeda galaxy that is less than neighbourly—our
"Apartheid" is more than just a label
Journalist Ben White talks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
ZOE SIEGEL
Contributor
On Wednesday, October 7, British
freelance journalist Ben White gave a
talk on campus regarding the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict. Sponsored by
the club Solidarity for Palestinian
Human Rights (SPHR), White spoke
to about a hundred people including
students, teachers and interested
Vancouverites.
White graduated from Cambridge
University in 2005 but has been interested in the subject of Palestinian
welfare since 2003, when he first
traveled to Israel and the Palestinian
territories to volunteer in the Bethlehem area.
The Wednesday night event began with an introduction by SPHR
President Omar Shaban, who shared
some of the struggles that pro-Palestinian Canadians are having. "I agree
with Ben Gurion on one part: The
old may die, but as long as we have
young men and women carrying
the Palestinian flag with the keffiyeh
around their necks, the young will
never forget," Shaban said.
White's lecture remained short
and concise but covered a lot of
ground. He gave a brief historical
overview of the situation, quoting
from his book, Israeli Apartheid, A
Beginner's Guide, frequently.
"The extent to which Israel has really incorporated the territories that
it has occupied post-196 7 into the
very day-to-day fabric of the state,"
White began. Although the West
Bank is technically a Palestinian territory, there are many Israeli settlements in the area. "You don't notice
the difference when you go from Tel
Aviv to Ariel, deep in the West Bank,"
he said.
The first section of his talk was
surrounding the term "Apartheid,"
comparing the present situation to
South African Apartheid. White listed
both similarities and differences to
South Africa but emphasized the fact
that it is more important to define
the term Apartheid than it is to compare it to other situations.
"When people talk about Israeli
Apartheid it is not to say that it is a
carbon copy of what happened in
South Africa," he said. According to
White, half of the Palestinian people
are not affected by apartheid because they no longer reside within
Palestine.
A large portion of White's lecture
was devoted to discussion around
the Apartheid Wall, the name some
people use to define the security wall
surrounding the Palestinian territories. White referred to the wall as the
"Icon ofthe Occupation."
He added that the physical characteristics of the wall vary by location.
"Sometimes they use trenches and
sometimes it's 100 metres wide,"
he explained. White stated that the
impressions of the Jewish population
are based on fear, which is a reason
for popular support of the wall. He
called it a "political boundary," not a
security measure.
Regarding why he has dedicated
so much time and effort to writing
about the Palestinian cause, White
stated, "I am really trying to communicate the reality of what is unfolding
on the ground there."
SPHR VP Public Relations Dina El
Kassaby thought that the event was successful. "Ben did a greatjob at differentiating between South African Apartheid
and Israeli Apartheid and explained
how the very term "apartheid" is more
than just a label," she said.
The UBC chapter of SPHR has
about 250-300 members, a number
that has grown astronomically in the
past few years.
"SPHR does not advocate for
solution. SPHR reports what is happening in Palestine using sources
from the UN and other international
and Israeli human rights groups,"
emphasized Shaban, who grew up
in Nahr al-Bared, a refugee camp in
northern Lebanon.
SPHR will be holding Palestine
Week in the SUB in November, as
well as their annual vigil to commemorate the 750,000 Palestinians
that were expelled from their land in
1948.^
own Milky Way is doing the same.
"We see the Sagittarius galaxy, which
is quite big, being ripped apart by our
galaxy. It happens all the time. Even
the Milky Way and Andromeda are
moving towards each other. In about
five to six biUionyears, the Milky Way
will be torn apart by Andromeda and
there will just be one big elliptical
galaxy left in our local group," Richer
explained.
The PAndAS project has currently
charted half of the Andromeda galaxy and is hopeful that it will complete the other half in its remaining
one and half years left, finding new
evidence of smaller galaxies being
eating alive by Andromeda in the
process, tl
The best
we have is
inadequate
GERALD DEO PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
ALEX LOUGHEED
Contributor
A congratulations is in order for the
Board of Governors—you got your
wish. Not only are you now off the
hook in a move that undercuts judicial authority, but more importantly,
you're being granted some powers
that you've been wanting for some
time.
Included in the list of changes
to the University Act are your new
powers to set and enforce noise
and nuisance rules over all of campus. Let's be honest: it's overdue
that someone who cares has this
power. But your Wild West this side
of Blanca has been under question
since you chopped down the trees
for Hampton Place. So let's step back
a second. Who should really get this
new power?
In the real world, noise rules are
set by the local communities they affect. Here in Cowboy Country, UBC's
13,500 residents getno direct power
on the final decision. Now, that
doesn't necessarily mean that we
won't get any say. The Board understands that it has power in a realm it
shouldn't, and will likely go with one
of three things moving forward:
It could hold a consultation and
set its own bylaw based on the input,
it could adopt the University Neighbourhoods Association's (UNA) drafted noise bylaw, or it could do a hybrid ofthe two. If the Board goes with
the first option, no final authority is
granted to the 13,500 community
members. If it goes with the second
option, the UNA's 5000 residents get
5 7 per cent of the say. And the third,
well, it depends on how you mix it.
The UNA has proposed a bylaw
that extends their borders. The 5000
residents can complain about noise
outside their borders, but the bylaw
would still be in effect. Oddly this
means the UNA could lodge complaints against the fraternities, but
not vice-versa. This is about as fair as
retroactive legislation.
So the Board is stuck with option
three. Take the UNA's thoughts into
consideration, but make sure its
residents are not listened to over
the majority of campus residents or
(especially) students.
When it comes to all this, I'm starting to see where Jim Taylor, a pioneer and the first leader of the UNA,
was coming from. When asked in a
past issue of the Hampton Journal
on how these problems should be resolved, I remember him saying UBC
should merge with Vancouver. It was
quiet admission, but I think even Jim
knows that going forward, things are
going to have to change. \3
Alex Lougheed is a former AMS VP
Academic and University Affairs, former member of the UNA Board, and
current editor for UBC Insiders. UBYSSEY.CA/NEWS/2 0 0 9.10.13
Transforming classroom experience into reality
UBC's New Venture Design course creates young entrepreneurs
SARAH CHUNG
schung@ubyssey.ca
Rather than trying to find a job after
graduation, 2008 UBC Sauder alumna Horence Leung and her team
began their own business which
has garnered much success since its
inception. She has a UBC course to
thank for that.
Leung's company, PeerFX, is
an online peer-to-peer currency
exchange solution that cuts out the
middleman and passes savings on
to its customers. PeerFX is now in a
partnership with the BC Technology
Industry Association (BCTIA), BC's
leading technology association.
"It significantly increased our
credibility," said Leung, president
and CEO of PeerFX. The partnership
was developed because BCTIA's
members have significant business
relations with US-based constituents,
meaning members would either receive or pay US dollars.
Under the partnership agreement,
BCTIA's over 2100 members will save
up to 75 per cent on transaction fees
by avoiding hefty bank transaction
fees. An exchange of $ 100,000 could
save a customer close to $2000, so
the cost savings to companies that do
business in both Canada and the US
can be staggering.
In addition to hard work, Leung
credits her successes to an innovative and interdisciplinary undergraduate UBC course called New
Venture Design. Established in
2005, the two-term course allows
business and engineering students
to work together to create new consumer products and bring them to
market.
"What I got out of the class is the
fact that we really need to take initiative and sell [our] business plan out
there," said Leung, "the course really
nurtured entrepreneurs, providing a
place for ideas to develop."
The course is taught by UBC Engineering professors Peter Lawrence
and Philippe Kruchten, and Sauder
professors Darren Dahl and Paul
Cubbon.
"This course is designed to give
people a bridge from learning at
school to rival industries and businesses," said Cubbon, "We've combined the Engineers and Commerce
[students] for a reason: a joined skill
set that will likely be more successful
than just Commerce."
"It's very different from your
average classroom," said Kruchten,
"It's not just old professor pushing
PowerPoint slides in front of bored
students, we connect them with
speakers about business, manufacturing, patent laws, and so on."
Other teams from the course are
making their mark. Energy Aware,
a team from 2005, will be showcasing their energy-monitoring product
in the Olympic Village during the
Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.
Another team from last year, called
EasyPlug, placed within the top 30
for the New Venture BC competition—the only student-based company to do so.
"The course requires very motivated    students...someone    who
wants to build things and takes risks.
It also requires teamwork, since it's
especially challenging to make Commerce and Engineers work with each
other," said Krutchen.
Currently the course is funded by
UBC alumnus and Vancouver entrepreneur Ken Spencer, co-founder of
Creo, which provides up to $2000
per group as a starting budget.
Any third-year Commerce or Engineering student can apply for the
course at the end of year and will be
assessed via interview. "Lastyear we
had nearly 100 applicants, but only
31 were accepted to the program,"
said Cubbon.
"If we need to expand the program, we need more donors," said
Krutchen.
PeerFX has since gained local
fame. It was featured on CBC's
show Dragon's Den last year and
received an offer of $250,000 (from
venture new capital funding), but
due to disparities on the division of
the company's share, the offer was
turned down after the show. "It was
not a good business offer, they made
a good decision to turn them down,"
said Cubbon.
Since declining Dragon's offer,
Leung has been bootstrapping the
business, entering competitions
and asking for donations which led
to a $125,000 grant from government funding in 2008. Landing in
the top ten for many competitions,
PeerFX kept up positive feedback
and presented their project to local
businesses—where they landed the
partnership deal with BCTIA.
PeerFX is looking ahead to expand
their company. "We are looking at
growing out of Canadian and US relations and moving towards Europe,
Asia," said Leung. "Right now the
banks are charging about four per
cent for transaction fees and we are
aiming to bring that down to zero
per cent so that everyone has access
to the competitive price."
"A multicurrency [exchange] with
a peer-to-peer program will wipe out
the entire banking transaction system," she said, tl
Equity assistant position causes two-hour debate
SARAH CHUNG
schung@ubyssey.ca
Due to the failure of AMS Council to
create an assistant position for its
Equity offices two weeks ago, last
Wednesday's meeting saw an incursion of equity supporters speak
in favour of the program—resulting
in a two-hour debate.
Representatives from Colour Connected, Pride UBC,
Womyn's Centre and the Equity
Student Ambassadors were present
to voice their support for creating
an assistant position to help Emma
Ellison, the AMS Equity and Diversity Coordinator. Ellison originally brought the motion to Council
because she felt overloaded with
duties.
Council passed the motion to take
$3270 out of the Student Services
Fund to create the Equity and Diversity assistant position for the year,
but failed to make it a permanent
position, to the dismay of some present. "By not making it an ongoing
position, they left the door open, and
I believe intentionally to have this
debate again next year, at which if
Council is so humanely opposed to
the program, they will find ways to
abolish it," said Emily Griffins, former Arts representative.
Science representative Tahara
Bhate disagreed. "There is a finite
limit to our resources, especially with
the financial deficit. Making such a
position permanent is short-sighted
without taking a look at the numbers
of the fiscal year when we may need
to see where we can cut programs,"
she said.
An amendment to the AMS Equity Policy in the summer of 2008
included the requirement to have
equity representatives be available
within every AMS group and at every
AMS event. Since then, former VP
External Stefanie Ratjen said that the
job of the Equity and Diversity Coordinator entails training over 700
students.
One ofthe reasons for the opposition was due to lack of the program's
distinctiveness  to  other  available
programs on campus, such as the
university's Equity Office and the
Equity Ambassadors Program.
"To me, it seems like a bit of
a duplication," said Lin Watt, the
president of the Engineering Undergraduate Society. "We already have a
great equity program [at UBC] and it
should be our job as the AMS to help
Equity by using our resources," she
said.
Additionally, Board of Governors
representative Bijan Ahmadian said
that there is a lack of quantitative
knowledge of how much the AMS
Equity program has accomplished
since its creation last year. VP
External Tim Chu's second quarterly report revealed that the Equity
Committee has been having difficulties with coordinating meeting times.
Science representative Iggy Rodriguez was supportive of the one-year
motion to "try out" the program.
"While I completely agree with the
goals and we need to get there, I
still think we need some kind of assessment if we are putting money
towards it," he said.
"Having said that, we cannot stab
one of our employees in the back; we
cannot overload them with work they
did not sign up for," he said.
Ellison was not available to comment on how she felt about the
decision to give her an assistant, as
AMS employees are not permitted to
speak to the press, tl
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ALICE HOU
Contributor
Students griping over the high cost of
textbooks can now relax as the UBC
Bookstore's collection of eBooks will
take a load off their backs—literally.
According to Amy Tran, section
head for textbooks at UBC, the bookstore currently carries around 55
titles that are available as eBooks,
mostly for Engineering and Science.
eBooks have been offered at the UBC
Bookstore since December 2006.
'As most UBC students know, we
post a book list on our website at the
beginning of the term. If the title is
offered as an eBook, it will be shown
on the book list," she said.
Digitally accessible textbooks
mark a welcome change for many
students, who balk at having to carry
twenty pounds of textbooks around.
They're easily downloadable and the
average eBook buyer saves 40 per
cent off the purchase of the new textbook. To demonstrate money that
students could save buying eBooks,
Tran picked an Electrical Engineering book at random. The new print
version was $208, while the eBook
versionwas$131.
"Although that's not the most typical example, the difference is usually
pretty significant," she said.
With their purchase at the bookstore, students receive an access
code, which, depending on the
publisher, allows them to download
the electronic textbook on anywhere
from one to three computers.
First-year student Annie Liang is
well aware that the university offers
eBooks as an alternative yet she
prefers the traditional textbook. For
her, a print version is much easier
on the eyes.
"I would rather have a hard copy
because staring at a computer screen
too long is not good," said Liang, who
is currently using an eBook for her
Biology course.
Liang also pointed out that although eBooks may be cheaper than
new textbooks, another inexpensive
alternative is to buy used books.
Tran acknowledged that there are
some downsides to purchasing an
eBook. For one, most of the books
carried by UBC have a set time
frame—they are accessible for 180 to
540 days from the time of purchase.
"Also, you can't sell your eBooks
back to the bookstore," she added.
That said, eBooks allow students
to save paper and, for certain brands,
students can actually search, print,
annotate and highlight them.
eBooks stocked by publishers Ca-
feScribe and eFollet "are essentially
your books and you can keep them
forever," said Tran, noting that there
is no time frame for access.
Another first-year student, Sang-
Jung Lee, said that "nothing beats
having an actual book...[but] having
an eBook is always a helpful extra....
"Textbooks are good for studying
at home, but if you have a digital
copy, you can carry just your laptop
around for quick reference," he
added.
However, he said that students
have ways of beating the system.
"I would never spend extra money
to get the eBook. The truth ofthe matter
is, everyone ends up pirating or sharing
these eBook codes," said Lee. tl  6/UBYSSEY.CA/SPORTS/2009.10.13
THUNDERBIRDS
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
Wl     lKElND      HOCKEY (M): SOCCER (M):     SOCCER (W):
LOSS, 4-1 (SO) WIN, 1-0 DRAW, 0-0
RECAP
HOCKEY (MJ:
LOSS, 2-3 (SO)
HOCKEY (W):
WIN, 4-1
SUNDAY
FIELD HOCKEY:
LOSS, 1-4
HOCKEY (W):
LOSS, 1-3
FOOTBALL:
LOSS, 44-7
SOCCER (M): SOCCER (WJ: FIELD HOCKEY:
WIN, 1-0 DRAW, 0-0 WIN, 4-1
Thunderbird's forward Lisa Bonang had one assist over the weekend against the Calgary Dinos in the first weekend of the season, michaelthibault photo/the ubyssey
UBC wins one, loses one to start season
IAN TURNER
S> MORGAN TIEN
Contributors
The Thunderbird Women's hockey
team split their weekend series
against the University of Calgary Dinos, with a 1-3 loss on Friday night,
followed by an impressive 4-1 win
on Saturday.
Friday's game began with a series
of sloppy possessions from UBC. The
T-Birds struggled in the first period,
playing, to quote Head Coach Nancy
Wilson, "really scared." The Dinos
capitalized on UBC's lack of confidence, scoring in the first and second
periods to take a 2-0 lead into the
third period.
Despite these setbacks, the T-
Birds managed to scrape together
chances in the third, with impressive defence by first-year Christi Ca-
pozzi and high intensity by veteran
Alisha Choy. But it was first-year
Serina Swanson who managed to
squeeze in a rebound for a goal halfway through the third, tightening
the gap. However, that was as close
as the Thunderbirds would get, as
Dinos' forward Rebecca Niehaus hit
an empty net goal from inside her
own blue line with a minute left to
clinch the victory.
"We still have a lot of kinks to
work out," said rookie Swanson after Friday's loss. In spite of the loss,
she couldn't conceal her excitement
after scoring in her first game as a
T-Bird. "The third period belonged
to us though, and I think that the
way we played then is what you can
expect from us for the rest of the
season, if not more," she said.
Her confidence was well placed as
the T-Birds confidently took flight on
Saturday, defeating the Dinos 4-1,
outshooting their opponents 29-13
in a dominating performance.
"We wanted to get a fast start. We
got a fast start," said Wilson after the
game. The head coach also disclosed
that following Friday night's game,
the ladies had a players-only meeting, where "tough words" were used
to describe their play on Friday.
Saturday's game was decided early
when Kaylee Chanakos, Dayle Poulin
and rookie Capozzi scored three goals
in the first ten minutes of the game to
take control.
"It felt pretty good. We got this—
it was a seal-the-deal goal," said
SERIES OF
THE WEEK
Friday   1
Saturday  4
Capozzi of her first-ever Canadian
Interuniversity Sport league goal.
After Capozzi's goal, Dinos goal-
tender Jessica Ross voluntarily
skated off the ice and was replaced
by Jennifer Mallard, who stopped 18
of the T-Birds' final 19 shots.
With UBC facing the perennially
mediocre Lethbridge Pronghorns
next weekend, Wilson said that the
team will spend the next week focusing on puck movement in an effort to
prevent the type of defensive breakdowns that plagued them on Friday.
But following Saturday's game, she
was all smiles. "You know what?
sS?*^
BIRD   DROPPINGS
It was a real confident team. The
team last night was real tight," she
said.
Game Notes: Friday's game was
Calgary's first game in the CIS since
2002, when they left the Canada
West Conference for the Alberta Collegiate Athletic Conference...The
Calgary Dinos are coached by former
national team star Nancy Goyette,
who was part of the 2002 and 2006
Olympic teams that won gold medals
for Canada...UBC outshot Calgary
over the twc^game series by a margin
of47to28.tl
For the UBC football team to make the playoffs.
i
UBC must win this Saturday's Shrum Bowl
against SFU.
4
On October 17,
Saskatchewan.
Manitoba must lose to
2
5
UBC must also win the final game ofthe
season the next week at home against
Manitoba (October 23, 7pm).
3
The University of Alberta has three
games remaining against Regina, Saskatchewan and Calgary. They must lose
two of them.
On October 31, SFU plays Manitoba on
the final day of the Canada West regular season. If SFU wins, then UBC will
make the playoffs ONLY IF the T-Birds
defeat SFU by 20 points or more on
October 17.
6
If Manitoba wins that game, then UBC
will make the playoffs ONLY IF they defeat Manitoba by 26 points or more on
October 23.
(It's just that easy!)
KEEGAN BURSAW PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
MEN'S SOCCER TEAM WINS TWO
GAMES AT HOME
The UBC Men's soccer team continued their hot play over the weekend
by winning their two home games,
defeating the Fraser Valley Cascades
and UVic Vikes by identical scores
of 1-0. UBC's win against the no. 5
ranked Vikes was the T-Birds' sixth
win in seven games, and propelled
them to second place in the Canada
West conference. In Friday's game,
Mike Michelina scored his first
ever goal as a T-Bird to give UBC the
win, while in the second game of
the weekend, Devin Genuc scored
his team-leading third goal for the
game-winner.
However, the women's team was
not as fortunate, as it battled to two
scoreless draws against UVic and
UFV over the weekend, putting their
record at 2-2-4 for the season. With
only 8 goals in 12 games, the T-Birds
lack of firepower is becoming an issue for Head Coach Dick Mosher,
as they are currently in ninth place
in the 12-team Canada West conference, with only eight teams advancing to the playoffs.
GOVEIA'S VEHICLE VANDALIZED
Football Head Coach Ted Goveia had
a weekend of vandalism and humiliating defeat. Following a 44-7 loss to
the Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday
evening in Regina, Goveia returned
to Vancouver to find his truck in
Thunderbird Stadium keyed. "SFU"
was etched in the side of Goveia's
Range Rover along with extra scratches up and down the side.
"It's hard to say who did it and
under what circumstances," said
Goveia to The Province, "but I don't
think it has anything to do with the
[Shrum Bowl] or the sport," he said,
referring to the 32nd annual Shrum
Bowl, which takes place this Saturday
at the SFU campus. Unfortunately,
due to his hectic schedule, Goveia's
truck will have to exhibit the vandal's
art project until after the season.
BIRDS FOOTBALL TEAM BLOWN
OUT AGAIN
The UBC Thunderbirds football
team suffered another blowout loss
last weekend, as the no. 7 ranked
Saskatchewan Huskies defeated the
T-Birds 44-7 on a snowy and windy
night in Regina.
The Thunderbirds were never
competitive in the game, as the Huskies scored 34 straight points before
running back Dave Boyd scored a
touchdown with 4:55 remaining in
the third quarter. The loss, UBC's
fourth straight, drops them to 1-5
for the season, effectively eliminates
them from the playoffs (see left
chart). tl 2 0 09.10.13/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS
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ISEX   COLUMN
TOO SEXY
Inebriated Readership,
Too Sexy here with yet another
scandalously sexy column for your
enjoyment. We hope y'all spent
Thanksgiving getting pleasantly
stuffed in whatever manner floats
your boat. If your tryptophan-
inspired delirium hasn't worn off
yet, we commend you. For those of
you wishing to recapture the rapturous highs of turkey meat, we have a
special treat. This week's Too Sexy
contains not one, not two, but three
of our 'favourite' letters. So prepare
for triple penetration, because this
week we're going deep.
HELLO DEAR MY NAME IS MIS NAOMI
babylove and i am a young girl with
faithful, loving, tender and very
caring. I am seriously looking for
relationship leading to any thing. I
saw your profile today at (fantesti.
cc) and become Interested In you ,
i think we can write together.Please
i will like you to contact me through
this my email address below so that
i can give you my picture for you to
know whom 1 am.Here is my e-mail
address *REDACTED*dtyahoo.com.I
believe we can move from here.I am
waiting for your mail to my email address above.(Remeber the distance
or colour does not matter but love
matters alot in life)
—Please rpely me with my e-mail
address here *REDACTED*@
yahoo.com Yours New Friend Mis
naomy Thanks.
Hi Mis Naomy (Naomi?) Babylove.
Wow! We are just so pleased to hear
from you. To tell you the truth, we
didn't even know we had a profile at
fantasti.cc, but since visiting the website and seeing a video of a woman
with a cucumber and a baseball bat
inserted into her, we're considering
membership. Unfortunately, Mis
Namomee, you describe yourself as
loving, caring, tender and faithful.
We're none of these things. Sorry
Babylove, but you're just too good for
us, so we're not going to respond to
your e-mail. Also, we're pretty sure
you're a robot designed for spam-
ming. No offence.
WHAT I'D LIKE TO KNOW IS WHY
our campus is so unsexy. Oh sure,
there's good-looking people here,
but that doesn't stop all of them
from being some of the most repulsive dregs of the gene pool I've had
the misfortune of meeting. At first I
thought this might just be the people
I was sleeping with. So I conducted
an experiment, I started analyzing
the people I wasn't sleeping with
as well as those I had slept with,
like Jane Goodall except the gorillas
seemed the more inviting option
when compared to the students.
First I listened more closely to my
friends, and compared them to the
people I'd chosen to distance myself
from due to severe social disorders
such as TFDSS (Two-Faced Dick
Slime Syndrome). My findings were
astonishing, it seemed even my
friends had been affected.
I'd been duped into socializing
with these sorry excuses for people.
It seems if you objectively look at
anyone on campus there is some
debilitating flaw that makes them
utterly unfuckable. The final phase
was to explore options outside of
campus...
Vancouver has some lovely
people in it. Sadly none of them are
attending UBC. While my problem
may be solved for all practical purposes (sleeping with people who
aren't part of this incestuous little
community nestled in the forest is
a simple and fulfilling solution), I'd
still like to know why everyone at
school here, including me for writing this slanderous letter, makes
KASHA CHANG
S> AUSTIN HOLM
toosexy(?ubyssey.ca
my sex life want to crawl into a hole
and die.
—Answer Seeking Student Happy
Outside Loveless Educatorium
Listen ASSHOLE, Plenty of UBC students are fuckable. We know; we've
fucked them. It occurs to us you may
be suffering from the DOUCHE (the
Dickheads Overtly Underestimating
Comrades Here Epidemic). People
tend to get what they expect from social interactions. Go in with an open
mind and you may leave with opened
orifices.
For those of you also apprehensive
about making love to the vast swirling cesspool that is UBC, make sure
you get your seasonal love injections
pronto—only these will save you from
the DOUCHE.
AS   THANKSGIVING   APPROAOCS,
my boyfriend has been acting festive by stuffing my vagina with stale
bread, cranberries and spices, calling
me his 'Turkey Girl' and squeezing
me firmly on the breasts. He wants
me to role play 'meat thermometer'
by letting him have anal sex with me
while I am full of stuffing. I don't have
any big issues with anal, but I don't
know if I'm ready. Any advice?
—Girl Outdone By Boy's Lively Exploits
Hey GOBBLE, For the last fucking
time people, keep food out of your
vaginas. Keep it out of penises. Keep
it out of your assholes. Advice? Don't
date men who want you to role play
as dead poultry. As for anal sex—relax,
lube up and remember that you'll be
the first one to know when you're
ready. In the slightly-altered words of
deceased journalistic genius Hunter
S Thompson, 'Jesus man! You don't
look for [anal sex]! [Anal sex] finds you
when IT thinks you're ready!"
That's it today. Send your sloppy
sex queries to toosexy@ubyssey.ca. vl
HUMOUR
EVERYTHING BUT PRIDE
A delicious money-saving recipe for students on a budget
DAN COGHLAN
Contributor
People are always asking me: "Cap'n
[my friends call me Cap'n, don't ask
why], how can I save money while
I'm in school?"
"By eating cheap crap!" I tell them,
as I drive away in my pimped-out
Corvette to hang with movie stars.
I make a point of practicing what I
preach, too. During one particularly
lean period, I spent a week eating
nothing but soup made from relish
packets and hot water. On another
occasion, I threw together a last-minute dinner party for several of my
equally impoverished friends with
nothing but half a bag of M&M's,
ketchup smuggled out of a McDonald's and five sticks of spearmint
gum. But committing to ridiculous
under-spending and bad nutrition
doesn't mean you have to sacrifice
flavour. With just a few easy recipes
up your sleeve, you can eat like a
prince and spend like a pauper.
Here's a personal favourite of
mine, which I call "Mr. Noodles with
Peanut Butter in It"—for reasons
that should be obvious. It's tasty and
it leaves you feeling full. Bloated
even! It's a delicious treat that will
satisfy your hunger, impress your
friends and make it very obvious to
your parents that they need to start
sending you some more money.
Add some corn starch and it can
also be used as an industrial adhesive. It's a very versatile recipe to
have on hand.
I originally came across it in the
back of an old military handbook on
techniques for soldiers to constipate
themselves in order to move through
enemy territory without being hampered by the call of nature. As an added benefit, this recipe will help save
you money on toilet paper. That's
another article though. At any rate,
give it a try. Anything that doesn't kill
you can only make you stronger, and
this probably won't kill you (at least
not quickly). Bon Appetit!
"MR. NOODLES WITH PEANUT
BUTTER IN FT"
What you'll need:
—1 Package of Mr. Noodles instant
noodles
—About 1 handful or so of frozen peas
—1-2 teaspoons of smooth peanut
butter
—1 and 1/2 cups of water
Start by heating the water in a saucepan. Before it comes to a full boil,
add the peanut butter and blend it in
with a spoon or fork to form a sort of
soup. Add the frozen peas and then
the noodles. Continue preparing the
noodles as per the instructions on
the back of the Mr. Noodles package.
For best results, eat it while watching reruns of My Name is Earl. If
you're feeling fancy or have company, add a few of those Swedish
meatballs from IKEA. Hold on tight
though, because when all that fat hits
your inner workings after an hour,
you're in for one hell of a ride, vl
Bill 13
Take two to relieve your painful
parking lawsuits.
Side effects may include-, nausea,
dry mouth, control over noise levels,
unexpected accountability,
and verbal diarrhea.
KATHY YAN LI GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
■ ■EDITORIAL
UBC gets the remote
control: good or bad?
UBC has long been in a state of limbo concerning whether or not it has
the power to enforce bylaws on campus. The provincial government's
proposed amendments to the University Act clarifiy exactly what the
Board of Governors (BoG) can do, but we don't know what that means as
ofyet. There are two directions in which this may go.
RIP WAR ON FUN
UBC often seems like a large, uncaring institution, focused only on turning out as many graduates as possible for as little as possible. Students
have often complained about UBC acting like an education machine, not
caring about community or the university experience. So if this is true,
then what does Bill 13 mean?
It means that UBC has won the War on Fun. The university now has
the power to "regulate, prohibit and impose requirements in relation to
nuisance on or in real property, buildings and structures of the institution, including providing for remediation of a nuisance and recovery of
the costs of remediation," and "impose and collect penalties, including
fines, in relation to a contravention of a bylaw or other instrument made
in the exercise of a power under this section," which, to anyone with two
brain cells, means "UBC can stop you from making noise, and fine you
when you're too loud." Plus, UBC—probably with a lot of help from the
RCMP and the University Neighbourhoods Association—gets to determine what "too loud" means. Bye, bye frat parties. Sorry Totem, you're
over the line. Goodbye, bzzr gardens, itwas nice knowing you.
With the amendments, UBC can also enact and enforce other bylaws.
The most prominent repercussion is that they will be able to fine people
for parking, rendering Dan S Barbour's lawsuit frivolous, which means
that you are not getting your money back, you parking delinquents. Sorry
if "winning a class-action lawsuit" gave you false hope. Remember, the
only fair thing for UBC to do is to charge you $ 12 a day for parking.
ACCOUNTABILITY CAN BE A GOOD THING
The easy thing to say in the aftermath of the provincial government handing UBC carte blanche over noise issues on campus is that it gives UBC
draconian powers that should belong to elected officials and will surely
lead to abuse by UBC, the UNA and the RCMP. And it could. However,
now that the government has given our benevolent benefactors more
powers, the ball is in President Stephen Toope's court.
For many years now, the university and students alike have complained about the mysterious legal nebulousiry (if that is a word) surrounding UBC. It isn't part of any city, but is home to over 10,000 permanent and seasonal residents, ranging from students to retired professors.
They have the same services and the same conflicts that people in most
cities have. In most cities, the buck stops with city council. At UBC, the
buck stops with UBC. Unless it's the RCMP. Or Metro Vancouver. Or
some sort of sub-committee. What UBC is allowed and not allowed to do
has been a major source of difficulty for manyyears. Now, consultations
will happen to determine exactly what rules will surround noise on this
campus. That's a good thing. If fair rules are put in place that students,
fraternities and UBC Athletics have to follow when they put on events,
and if there's a fair dispute mechanism put in place, then students will
I ultimately be served well.
On the downside, the group in charge of this isn't composed of elected
representatives (unless you count the three student representatives on
the board of governors). However, it's better than what we had before, vl 8/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/2 0 09.10.13
Green roofs: the future of architecture?
IAN TURNER
Contributor
Municipalities across Canada and the
world are beginning to mandate green
roofs, which are roofs covered with
any form of vegetation—trees, grass,
etc. Think hobbit huts, but bigger.
STAYIN' ALIVE
A roof that is covered entirely with
vegetation is at least ten per cent
more expensive to construct than a
traditional roof, but can double its
lifespan. The increased construction
costs can be recouped within two
years, according to the City of Port
Coquitlam. In the long run, a green
roof benefits the tenant, the city's
services and the environment.
In the rainy Greater Vancouver
Area, the sewer system can easily
be overwhelmed, particularly in the
winter months. The Vancouver Public Library recently installed a green
roof, significantly reducing its runoff.
From July to February 2003, the new
roofs runoff was measured. During
that period, runoff was reduced by
48 per cent.
Throughout the day the temperature fluctuates, which causes roofs to
expand and contract. This continual
expansion and contraction reduces
a roofs lifespan. Since green roofs
absorb and reflect heat, they significantly increase a roofs lifespan.
Some experts have said that green
roofs rarely reach temperatures
above 2 7°C, while black asphalt roofs
often reach temperatures around
71 °C during the summer.
BEATING THE HEAT
Generally, vegetation within a city
cools down the surrounding area.
Daniel Roehr, a professor at UBC's
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, has cited studies
showing that for every 100 square
metres of urban parks, the city's
temperature is reduced by PC.
Larger parks such as Central Park
reduce temperature by as much as
2-5°C.
A cooler roof eases the burden
on the electricity grid as it mitigates
the heat island urban effect, which
causes cities to be around 1-3°C hotter than their surrounding suburbs.
"By creating a vegetated surface,
green roofs reduce outdoor air
temperature and the urban heat
island effect through transpiration
from plants, shading, and increased
reflectivity (albedo) of the roof. Additionally, because a vegetated roof
is significantly cooler than a non-vegetated roof on hot days, less heat is
transferred through the ceiling into
the room below, reducing indoor air
temperature and thus the demand
for air conditioning," Earth Pledge,
a consulting firm that advocates
sustainable practices, states on their
website.
SAVING ENERGY
According to Roehr, buildings that
have 60 per cent of their roof covered
reduce their overall C02 footprint by
15 per cent. A different study found
far greater energy savings: a 2003
report by Liu and Baskaran claimed
that green roofs would reduce a
building's energy consumption by
75 per cent.
However, these optimistic claims
were not found in other documents.
In 2005, Alcazar and Bass monitored
the effect a newly installed green roof
had on a building in Madrid. Over
the course of a year, the building's
energy consumption was reduced by
a paltry one per cent.
Whatever the actual savings, any
reduction in buildings' energy usage
is beneficial. Buildings account for
30 per cent of energy use and 27
per cent of Canada's green house
emissions.
But can a green roof deter the success of other green technologies?
One would think that photovoltaic
panels and vegetation destined for
a roof would compete for space, but
a green roof actually improves a
photovoltaic panel's efficiency, since
they operate more efficiently under
cooler conditions.
QUIRKY BENEFITS
There are other benefits too: Migrating birds that travel along narrow
paths have begun using green roofs
as temporary sanctuaries. "Green
roofs act as small airports for migrating birds," said Roehr.
At the same time, humans can
grow food on their roof tops (as of
yet, there are no reports of birds eating the residents' food). Food production further increases a roofs
retention of water.
TYPES OF GREEN ROOFS
Green roofs can be broken up into
two types: intensive and extensive.
Intensive roofs have a growing
medium—such as soil—of at least
20 centimetres, along with irrigation and maintenance. These roofs
typically have small trees such as
Japanese Maples. They often double
up as gardens for nearby residents.
Extensive green roofs, on the
other hand, are far simpler operations. Their growing medium is no
more than 15.2 centimetres deep.
Commonly, drought-resistant plants
are selected for these roofs in order
to reduce the need for upkeep. The
Vancouver Public Library, for example, selected Blue Fescue, which
is a drought and heat tolerant plant.
MOVING FORWARD
In Vancouver, less resistant plants
also thrive. Ward Teuton is Vancouver's self-dubbed City Farm Boy. Teuton sells rooftop garden beds and
garden boxes. From beans to asparagus to squash, he grows year-round
in Vancouver. After a few financially
difficult years, his one-man operation
has become barely "profitable" thanks
to numerous volunteers, he said.
Teuton sees growth in Richmond,
where currently farmland sits unused. But other than working with
Richmond's municipal government
to utilize the land, he does not generally get involved with government or
politics.
But Richmond and Port Coquitlam are taking steps toward increasing the number of green roofs
within their boundaries. In 2006 and
2008, Richmond and Port Coquitlam
mandated green roofs for buildings
whose surface area was above a
certain threshold. Port Coquitlam's
green roof bylaw mandates green
roofs for commercial and industrial
buildings. As such, these roofs are
typically intensive and not open to
the public. However, the city has
allowed businesses to opt out of
implementing a green roof if it can
be proven that a green roof would interfere with the building's business
operations.
Maureen Connelly, who works
at BCIT, heads up a program that
specializes in the construction and
landscaping of green roofs. She
applauds the two municipalities'
decision.
"It's an indicator of what's to
come," Connelly said. *vU
VEGETATION
The principle
components
of a standard growing medium
green roof
FILTER MEMBRANE
DRAINAGE LAYER
ROOF MEMBRANE
SUPPORT PANEL
THERMAL INSULATION
VAPOUR CONTROL LAYER
STRUCTURAL SUPPORT
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