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UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
Tuition to
rise by two
per cent
Hike is maximum allowed
by provincial government
by Justin McElroy
News Editor
International students will be
seeing tuition increases of ten
times more than their domestic counterparts if 2009-10
tuition proposals are passed
by the Board of Governors next
In an email sent to students
two days ago, VP Students Brian
Sullivan announced that UBC
students will see tuition increases of two per cent next year.
The proposed increases,
which will come into effect after
consultation with students and
confirmation from the Board
of Governors, will see two per
cent increases in tuition for
domestic students—raising the
base undergraduate fee for
a 30-credit courseload from
$4342.50 to $4429.35. In addition, athletics and recreation
fees will see a two per cent
raise, as well as other mandatory fees where there have been
changes in direct costs such as
co-op and exchange programs.
International students will
see a sizable increase of five
per cent, as the base rate for
30-credits will increase from
$19,334.10 to $20,305.80. The
raise comes from both the two
per cent raise on tuition, and a
$ 19.50 per creditlevy to contribute to capital projects funded by
the provincial government.
The three-year fee was enacted in March 2006, but the
third and final installment was
deferred for a year.
"By proposing increases to
an already overinflated cost of
education, this university has
once again shown its flagrant
disregard for tens of thousands
of UBC students struggling
with debt," said AMS President
Blake Frederick.
"Students should be aware
that the tuition and housing
increases are merely proposals
at this point and we can stop
them if we come together now
and raise our voices in opposition," Frederick said, and urged
students to e-mail Sullivan at
tuition@interchange.ubc.ca to
voice their displeasure.
Currently, the two per cent
raise is the maximum amount the
university can raise tuition. Following a tuition freeze of six years
enacted by the NDP government
in 1996, the Liberal government
levied a series of double-digit
tuition raises from 2002 to 2004
that more than doubled the cost of
tuition at UBC.
In September 2005, the provincial government enacted a
policy limiting tuition and mandatory fee increases to the rate of
inflation for domestic students.
Frederick, who campaigned
on lowering tuition during the
AMS elections, believes that two
per cent is still too high. "The provincial government must make
our universities accessible by
increasing post-secondary funding and UBC must restore the
deep cuts it has made over the
past four years to needs-based
assistance and more recently to
scholarships," he said. *2I
UBC has approved a two per cent
per credit increase in tuition fees
Two per cent translates to
approximately $80 a year for
the average arts undergraduate
student taking five courses a term
For international students, the
two per cent increase means
an additional $19.50 per credit,
nearly a $1000 annual increase.
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MARCH 20, 2009
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
AFC presents Bigger & Better
Challenge • Would you like to
exchange a paperclip for a house?
That's right! A house! Not a toy
house, but an actual house, in just
14 trades • March 16-23, 2009.
Registration $5 (Individual)/$10
(Team). For more details visit the
Facebook event *
March 20
Festiva Cultural Fair • Festiva is
one of the final and most popular
events during iWeek. Festiva is a
one-day celebration of cultural
diversity and unigueness through
performing arts, food, service organizations and interactive demonstrations.* Friday, March 20,
2009. 4pm-6pm. International
House. Early bird - $8, Regular
$10, At the door - $ 12. Tickets
will be sold at International House
front office and at the SUB and
Residence promo booths. *
Political Islam, Sharia Laws, and
Women's Rights • Presented by
Maryam Namazie, spokesperson
for Egual Rights Now, an organization against women's discrimination in Iran. Organized by UBC
Students for Eguality and Freedom
in the Middle East. • March 20,
2009 at 6pm SUB Room 214,
Contact UBCequalitymiddleeast@
gmail.com. *
The Idiots Karamazov *  Created
by two of theatre's most origina
writers, this antic, sometimes
outrageous and wildly comic
interpretation of Dostoyevsky's
classic novel is preformed by
Theatre at UBC. •  March 20-28,
2009. 7:30 pm. Frederic Wood
Theatre, 6354 Crescent rd. Regular $20, Seniors $14, Students
$10. *
Up the Yangtze • Award-winning
documentary about the completion of a hydro electric dam that
displaces 2 million Chinese. •
Friday, March 20-22 at 7:00 pm.
Norm theatre, SUB. $4 regular, $2
The Wrestler • A famous 80s
wrestler sees his popularity wane
with old age. Mickey Rourke has
received acclaim for his acting in
this film by Darren Aronofsky. •
Friday, March 20-22 9pm Norm
theatre, SUB. $4 regular, $2 members. *
Observe and Report FREE
Advance Campus Screening •
Warner Bros in partership with
the UBC Film Society is pleased to
nvite you to the advance campus
screening of Observe and Report
starring Seth Rogenin • Sat, Mar.
21, 2009. 10am. Norm theatre,
Free *
8000 Drums March 21 2009 Turtle
island-Vancouver! • According to
a sacred prophecy of Otomi elders,
the day "when the sounds of
8000 Sacred Drums join together
is the beginning of the healing of
Mother Earth." Nations around
the world come together on this
day. Be part of the pow-wow! •
Sat, Mar. 21, 2009. 2-5pm. Victory
Square (East Hastings and Cambie)
Free *
UBC Improv's IMPULSE Festival
FINALS / SHOWCASE • At the apex
of UBC improv's IMPULSE Improv
Festival is the finals/show-case, a
one-night explosion of the tournament's prelimary-round winners,
and a set by the illustrious solo improv force Dave Morris • Sat, Mar.
21, 2009 at 7-9pm. Scarfe 100 *
Yes We Can • A fundraiser for
"Motorbikes Mao and a Yak",
documentary film by Liam Bates &
Patrick Caracas. Come join us for a
crazy night of Comedy, Music and
Beer • Sat, Mar. 21, 2009 at 8pm.
MASS Buchanan D. $5 entry *
Rubik's Cube • Fuck off and
Dance presents: Rubik's Cube. A
queer, not for profit dance party in
East Vancouver • March 21, 2009.
9pm. Capri Hall (3925 Fraser St.)
$3-7 sliding scale at the door *
March 23
UBC Bursaries and Financial Planning Workshop • Need information on how to apply for a summer
student loan? Want some guidance on financial planning? Need
to know about different funding
sources? Find out here. • Monday
March 23, 2009. Noon until 1:30
pm. The First Nations Longhouse,
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall, 1985 West Mall,
UBC Vancouver campus. For more
information contact fnhl.coordina-
tor@ubc. ca *
Resisting the University 2.0: Resistance in Action! • An effort to
establish a tradition of resistance
at UBC. Following the overwhelming success of last year's conference something needs to be done
in the same spirit • Mar. 23-27,
2009. All day from noon at the
SUB. For more details, check the
Facebook event *
Speaker Panel: Media and Human
Rights • Come celebrate launch
of JHR, UBC's first, nationally-distributed human rights publication,
Speak Magazine} We are holding
a discussion on the relationship
between media and human
rights • Mar. 23, 2009. 4-5pm.
MASS (Buchanan D). Free for JHR
members, min. donation of $2 for
non-members *
TexSUS Hold Em' • The Game
will be TexSUS Hold Em'. Register
Online if you want to play: atsoco
em-registration/. There will be a
screening of 007 Casino Royale
as well. Drinks and Food will be
available for all • Monday, March
23, 2009. 6-11pm. Ladha Science
Student Centre *
March 24
A Night of Art • A showcase of
The Body Project's photo images
to celebrate a diversity of bodies
that counter negative media images. Guest speaker Dr Laura Hurd
Clarke will be there. Free snacks
• Mar. 24, 2009. 4-7pm. Brock
Hall. For more details, check the
Facebook event *
March 25
RESULTS Vancouver meeting *
RESULTS Vancouver is a group of
volunteers committed to creating
the political will to end hunger
and the worst aspects of poverty
in Canada and around the world
This month, we will be discussing
Tuberculosis: the leading infectious
killer of women in the world.
Learn more about how individuals
ike you can make a difference
towards ending global poverty at
our next meeting. • Wednesday
March 25, at Calhoun's Coffee
Shop (3035 West Broadway), from
6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information, email us at Vancouver.
results@gmail.com *
Doubt • Based off the award winning play, Meryl Streep and Phillip
Seymour Hoffman face-off playing
a nun and a priest in this high
ntensity drama •   Wednesday
March 25-29. 7:00 pm. Norm
theatre, SUB. $4 regular, $2
The Curious Case of Benjamin
Button • Brad Pitt plays a man
that is born old and gets progressively younger. Cate Blanchett
plays his love interest. A drama
about time and love, nominated
for multiple Oscars. •   Wednesday
March 25-29 at 9:00 pm. Norm
Theatre, SUB. $4 regular, $2 members. *
Thunderbirds Women's Ultimate
Beer Garden Fundraiser * Chill
with the T-Bird women's Ultimate
team while they raise funds for
their season! Highlights include
a fire breathing show by Sergio
Bonatto and a fire juggling show
by Erin Brophy • March 25, 2009,
6pm, The Cheez Factory (2335
Engineering Lane). Cover by donation (at least $5). 19+ event *
March 26
Lola Dance: Provincial Essays
• A stunning ensemble work,
Provincial Essays will be featured
in the next edition of the popular
Discover Dance! noon series. Created by Artistic Director Lola Ma-
cLaughlin, who is regarded as one
of Canada's finest contemporary
dance choreographers, Provincial
Essays is an eclectic collection
of choreographic landscapes
nformed by nature, and full of
delicious humour and ravishing
visuals. It looks at modern society's
relationship with the natura
world, our dominance and com-
moditisation of the environment
contrasted with nature's great
power and beauty. • March 26,
2009, 12pm, Scotiabank Dance
Centre, 677 Davie St (at Granville),
Inquiries contact 604-606-6400 or
www.thedancecentre.ca *
Sikiliza • Sikiliza is here!!! It's time
to break it down on the dance
floor. Come out and celebrate the
ending of the year AAI style! For a
moment celebrate the ending of
classes. Featuring DJ Mmeli and
DJ O! Dropping the hottest beats
from African sounds to hip-hop •
Friday, March 27, 2009. 7.30pm-
12am. Asian Centre (1871 West
Mall). $6 members and $8 non-
members *
March 29
The First Blim Monthly Community Market • Our first community
market include 30 vendors, live
music, hot food, beverages, and
entertainment. Food, fashion, accessories, supplies, fine art, vintage
items and records. With a focus on
nurturing and promoting creative
production in our community •
Mar. 29, 2009. 11am-5pm. Cambrian Hall. Free *
April 4
2009 World Wide Pillow Fight
Club 4.0 • Join in the fourth Annual Pillow Fight, where childhood
memories of sleepovers and pillow
fights are relived! Some gentle
reminders: 1. hide your pillows, 2)
don't be in location until the exact
minute, and 3) leave immediately
after 1 5 minutes of crazy fun! •
April 4, 2009, 3pm, Vancouver
Art Gallery (Robson Street). For
more information, check out the
Facebook event! *
April 8
AMS Block Party with the Roots
• This year's concert features Phili-
delphia hip hop giants The Roots,
Canada's own Tokyo Police Club,
and Los Angeles' Pacific Division,
plus DJs Neil and Hana • April8,
2009. 1-8pm. Maclnnes Field. $20.
Tickets available at The Outpost
(SUB) *
April 26
Scotiabank MS Walk • Make your
step the one that ends Multiple
Sclerosis. Funds raised will support
local programs for people affected
by MS and support Canadian
research to end MS. • April26,
2009. For full details of the Scotiabank MS Walk in your community
and to register online, please visit
www.mswalks.ca. For more information call 604.602.3221 or
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March 20"', 2009
volume xc, n"46
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A few weeks ago Curtis Dunbar,Trevor Melanson and Katarina Grgic's golden labradordied due to food poisoning. In
a rage of anger, Trevor Record, Tara Martellaro, Gerald Deo,
and Keegan Bursaw devised a plan to put down the dog
by feeding him poisoned dog biscuits. Stephanie Findley,
Kalyeena Makortoff, and Celesian Rince felt bad for their
friends'lossanddecidedtogogetthema new dog at Paul
Bucci'sSt. Bernard kennel even though Justin McElroy, Jon
Horn, Kyrstin Bain, Joe Rayment, and ChibweMweene had
advised them that labs and St. Bernards were not the same
kind of dog. There were seven pups: Nima Kashani, Shawn
Li, Alia Dharssi, Samantha Jung, Kathy Yan Li, Jordan Bainel,
and Caroline Chuang. They picked the friendliest one and
when Kate Barbaria, Belinda Li, Xiao Yan Zi, and Goh Iromoto saw it, they approved. Shun Endo, Kellan Higgins, and
Olivia Zauli Fellows volunteered to take the dog to their
new owners who decided to train the dog never to accept
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Japa Dog charity fundraising is a success
The popular Japa Dog swung by UBC for a delicious treat last Monday. Touting themselves as Japanese-style hot dogs, Japa Dog came to UBC with Organizing Support for Charity
(OSC) fundraising for Quest Outreach Society. Despite the sprinkling rain, the lineup stretched across the front of the SUB with people patiently waiting for a Japa dog. You can see al
of OSC's charity causes at www.osc-group.org. nima kashani photo/the ubyssey
McGill hikes international fees
by Erin Hale
The McGill Daily
(McGill University)
Montreal CUP—International
tuition hikes for students in
four faculties were outlined
in an e-mail sent late Wednesday to all McGill University
International students currently enrolled in Science,
Engineering, Law, and Management can expect an eight per
cent increase by fall 2009 and
a further ten per cent increase
by summer 2010.
Arts students will face a five
per cent increase by summer
2010, the first change in three
years, according to the McGill
web site.
Students who enroll starting
in fall 2009, however, will experience substantially higher
changes to annual tuition.
Management will jump from
$16,200 to $23,000, Law from
$15,090 to $20,000, and Science and Engineering from
$16,650 to $20,000.
When asked how he felt
about the announcement, Andrew Royle, president-elect of
the Engineering Undergraduate Society, said he supported
the increase.
"As a Montrealer, I'm not
that opposed to the increase
[because Quebec] taxes are
fairly substantial. My parents
pay for international students
to go to school," he said, predicting that Quebeckers would
likely face a tuition increase in
future years.
Devin Alfaro, VP External of
the Students' Society of McGill
University, was not surprised
by the new figures, though he
did not support the hike.
"I think this is going the
wrong direction for the university. It will limit access," he
Last fall, the Quebec Ministry of Education allowed for the
deregulation of international
tuition, giving universities the
freedom to set fees, and seek
higher revenue margins.
The McGill administration
has indicated in the past that
they normally increase international tuition fees by eight
per cent per year. *2I
News Briefs
The AMS has released the first
draft of the New SUB program.
The building is proposed to
be a total area of 255,319 sq
feet, 100,000 square feet larger
than the existing SUB.
The report is compiled in
part with student input and
consultations that were done
in the past year, placing an emphasis on natural light and lots
of windows. The plans outline a
60 per cent increase in AMS-op-
erated facilities, and expanded
space for informal study, social
and event use, including a 24-
hour study centre with a capacity of up to 600 students.
Many existing AMS and student-run outlets are retained
in the new SUB proposal,
including the Norm Theatre
and the outdoor BBQ pit. The
Ubyssey, CiTR 101.9 FM, the
Photosociety and the Art Gal
lery will be moved together in
their own "Performance/Media Node." Other businesses,
such as the Bike Co-op, are
being expanded.
Notable additions include an
increase in recreation facilities, such as a proposed indoor
climbing wall, shower and
locker facilities for bikers and
commuters, and a childmind-
ing centre.
The AMS is looking for students to complete the New SUB
Program Survey online by Friday, March 2 7. Additional feedback can be given at stands at
locations throughout campus,
including the SUB concourse.
The SUB renewal project
is still far away from being
completed. The amount of
green space and sustainability
remains undecided. The next
phase in the project is to choose
an architect.
AUyson Hindle, a marine mammal researcher at UBC, is on the
shordist for the Canadian Space
Agency's third recruitment campaign for astronauts.
Hindle was one of 16 applicants out of 5300 who made the
shordist, and is the only woman
on the list. She currendy works at
UBC on a joint research project
with the Vancouver Aquarium
on the population decline of the
Steller sea lion. Her expertise in
the physiology of animals living
in extreme environments could
prove helpful for the study of
physiology in space.
The candidates are currendy
undergoing rigorous physical
tests, flight operation drills, and
medical exams. The two astronauts will be chosen in May 2009
to become a part of Canada's Astronaut Corps. *2I
Fraternity smashes
cars for charity
Students unhappy with their midterm grades could take their
frustrations out a 1992 Dodge Caravan or a 1996 Mazda Protege
on Wednesday, as the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity held a fundraiser
outside the SUB simply entitled "CAR SMASH!!!" For two dollars,
students were given a bat or a sledgehammer to mutilate the car
of their choice, donated by Buster's Towing. Exactly $1000 was
raised for the Uganda Rural Fund, which works to create educational and developmental opportunities for orphans, impoverished
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MARCH 20, 2009
Junkyard war on poverty
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You generated the vision
Now let us know what
you think.
Last week the UBC community participated in two workshops to
develop a vision for the climate action plan. Your ideas have been
used to generate the climate action vision statement. Join us at the
town hall meeting and let us know if we got it right.
Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Vision Presentation Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday March 31st, 5-7pm, GSS Ballroom
UBC is taking decisive action on climate change by creating a
Climate Action Plan for the Vancouver Campus. This plan is a
central element of our commitment to sustainability leadership
and a critical step in fulfilling the President's Statement of
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Mongolia built a chicken coop from a big pile of junk using basic
hand tools at Designs for a Sustainable World, hosted by Engineers
Without Borders. Teams are challenged to design and build solutions
to poverty-related problems for this annual competition
Work Study now
available in summer
sustainability   www.cMmateaction.ubc.ca
by Kalyeena Makortoff
News Staff
Students staying on campus
this summer will be the first to
have access to an extended Work
Study program, which was previously restricted to the two-term
winter session.
"It's an exciting opportunity
for us to provide more positions
when we haven't otherwise been
able to," said Barbara Crocker,
associate director of Student Financial Assistance.
Work Study is a wage-subsidy
program that encourages UBC
faculties and departments to
create career-related, on-campus work for eligible students at
a wage subsidy of $9 per hour.
This allows UBC to offer hourly
wages between $13 and $18.69
per hour for part-time jobs.
It began as a government-
financed program connected to
student loans, then transferred
fully to UBC's jurisdiction after
public funding was no longer
provided. The university decision
to continue the program included
removing the student loan prerequisite for program eligibility.
As financial support became fully
supplied by the university, the
option to expand the program
into the summer study session
became more viable.
"As we tried to get the best
benefit for students," Crocker
explained, "we realized that
we had an opportunity, since it
was all UBC money, to actually
broaden the scope of the Work
Study program....We saw an opportunity to keep students on
campus during summer months
and liven the community."
Part of a financial student
support initiative, the Work
Study extension was proposed
in summer 2008 and formally
accepted in early February. According to Crocker, this could
not have come at a better time,
given the economic recession. "I
think this comes at a very important time in this whole financial
atmosphere," she said.
"Students who might have
had jobs lined up may have seen
that they are drying up," Crocker
said. The opportunity to hire
students with subsidies provided by the university may create
the incentives for on-campus
employers to hire students and
create more positions instead of
turning them away.
Last summer, nearly 1400
students were enrolled in summer courses. According to Mi-
lad Maymay, manager of campus work programs and Career
Services, nearly half of these
students would be eligible for
the newly extended program,
which will provide 200 to 300
on-campus employment opportunities ranging from food service jobs to positions in faculty
and academic work.
While the winter session
positions require a nine-credit
course load per semester, the
summer positions may provide more flexibility. According to the program directors,
students who take six credits
will be eligible for Work Study,
and since the courses are condensed, this could potentially
allow for longer working sessions without overlapping with
course work.
"In the summer program,
because the course's timing
is condensed, a student could
take two courses anytime during the summer," Crocker explained. "It's up to you as the
student. There's a huge flexibility here. So, you could theoretically take all your courses
during the beginning, during
the first summer session, and
then work the rest, so that you
don't have to be doing both."
Maymay and Crocker both
hope that students look at
this as a real opportunity to
get some work hours in, stay
on campus a bit more and
fulfill academic requirements
For more information, visit
www.careers.ubc.ca. Interested
students should continually
check the site for updates and
will be able to begin searching
for Work Study summer jobs beginning in mid-April. *2I MARCH 20, 2009
Researchers transform C02 emissions
UBC team develops new technology that converts carbon into reusable energy
UBC scientists Colin Oloman and Hui Li have found a process to turn carbon dioxide into reuseable compounds using electro-reduction technology, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
by Samantha Jung
Senior News Staff
Two UBC researchers are
responsible for a creating a
technology that could change
the way the world uses carbon
dioxide emissions.
Chemical and biological engineering professor Dr Colin
Oloman and PhD graduate Dr
Hui Li have invented a new technology that converts carbon dioxide into useable compounds
for commercial use through
electro-reduction technology.
The breakthrough is the result of four years hard work by
Oloman and Li. The partnership
began in 2002 when Oloman
advertised for help working on
the project, and Li accepted. The
pair were a team until Li graduated in 2006.
Research proving carbon conversion is possible isn't new.
The possibilities have been
detailed in papers for nearly
100 years. For Oloman and Li,
the hurdle to overcome was to
engineer it in a commercial,
practical way. "We didn't know
it would work really, we just
thought 'it's worth a try,'" said
Electro-Reduction Carbon
(ERC) is an electrochemical
process that converts carbon
dioxide emissions directly from
blast furnaces into formic acid.
The compound is a liquid fuel
that is used for many industrial
processes, including a chemical intermediate in the manufacturing of various chemicals
such as caffeine and artificial
sweeteners, and in the cleaning
of steel during manufacture.
Formic acid is also a non-toxic,
biodegradeable, reusable compound which yields oxygen as a
by-product, which can be used
to improve combustion in blast
A thermochemical process is
normally used to convert car
bon dioxide; however, it uses
high temperatures and fossil
fuels, making it commercially
unviable. ERC is advantageous
because it can operate at lower
temperature conditions which
can be powered by electric energy, created by more sustainable
options such as hydro or wind
Oloman said that once the
technology was developed, the
problem was obtaining the
funding to develop it at the
commercial level. They applied for a formal patent, which
values $10,000, from UBC's
University-Industry Liason Office (UILO), but their application
was denied. Oloman made a
risky move and paid for the patent application out of his own
pocket, applying to a European
patent office at the end of 2006.
The leap of faith paid off,
and companies started noticing
ERC technology. One of these
companies was the Mantra Ven
ture Group (MVG), which has a
research facility in BC. Oloman
said that he sold the technology to MVG in exchange for
shares in the company. While
he acknowledged the risk in
such a decision, he argued that
it would be much more profitable than obtaining a personal
licence for it.
Oloman understands that
the project is still in the early
stages, but he remains hopeful.
"I haven't got huge expectations
for this," he said. "I know it's
speculative...there are several
technical problems we have to
We didn't know it
would work really,
we just thought 'it's
worth a try.'
—Dr Colin Oloman
overcome and some of them are
quite difficult. I think there's a
good chance we can overcome
Kol Hendrickson, corporate
communications representative
for MVG, said that a commercial
prototype is being worked on in
Richmond with the help of Ke-
metco Research Incorporated.
"Right now the biggest problem with it is the electricity
consumption is pretty huge,"
Hendrickson said. "So to produce one tonne of formic acid it
would cost $480 in electricity, so
if you're doing 500 tonnes per
day, it gets kind of expensive."
Hendrickson says that ERC
has been contacted by a few companies potentially interested in
funding the commercialization
and mass production of the technology, and the plan is to license
the technology to them in order
to speed up the process. He said
that once this happens they'll "be
in Asia in a couple of months." \a
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Canadian Traffic
Human trafficking happens in Canada, to
Canadians, and not always how you expect it
by Alia Dharssi
Features Writer
"I feel unworthy, dirty, tainted, like
nothing. I feel I am only good for
one thing—sex." These were the
distressing words of an 18-year-old
Canadian, called "Eve" in an Ontario
courtroom. Imani Nakpamgi, a 25
year old from Niagara Falls, Ontario,
forced Eve into the Canadian sex
industry when she was 15.
He sometimes made her
take a dozen men in a
day. This went on for 26
months; Nakpamgi earned more
than $350,000 off her. He was
the first person convicted of human trafficking in Canada.
Not all human trafficking fits
the same archetype, nor does
it command the same media
coverage. Christina Panis, a
board member of the Philippine Women's Centre, told
me about another trafficked
woman. (Panis couldn't use the
woman's name for confidentiality reasons; for the purposes of
this article we'll call her Maria.)
Maria came to Vancouver under
the Live-in Caregiver Program,
leaving three children behind
in the Philippines. She hoped to
attain permanent residency and
earn a good wage so she could
send money back to her family.
Under the program, she was supposed to work 40 hours per week
providing live-in elderly care.
When Maria arrived, she was
also forced to scrub the outside
of her employer's house, clean
all the windows, tend to the gar
den, clean her employer's sister's house, and work overtime
without pay. She could not take
days off and when she was sick
her employer refused to let her
visit the doctor.
Panis first heard about the
case during a meeting at the Philippine Women's Centre. Maria
had called the centre for assistance and a group of volunteers,
including Panis, drove to a huge
mansion near south Granville
to rescue her. A middle-aged
Chinese woman opened the door
and led the group downstairs to
see Maria. They passed a huge
swimming pool and an entertainment centre with a giant TV
screen. A look of immense relief
crossed Maria's face when the
rescue mission arrived.
It may not be as easy to garner
media outrage for Maria's story,
but Panis and many others would
argue that this woman was a victim of human trafficking.
As diverse as the two stories
are, both differ from the trafficking cases typically depicted
in North American media. The
stories usually revolve around
the sex trade. The victim is portrayed as a vulnerable girl from
a poor country who is kidnapped
or lured away with enticing offers of work abroad only to find
herself forced into prostitution
in a developed country like the
United States or England.
While such cases exist, human trafficking is a diverse
crime. Victims of trafficking for
sexual exploitation may come
from Canada or they may come
from other countries. Trafficked
persons might also turn up in industries ranging from domestic
work to construction to farming.
Christina Panis argues that some
trafficking victims even come
legally through immigration
programs implemented by the
Canadian government.
So, what exactly is human
trafficking? In 2000, the
United Nations defined
"trafficking in persons" as follows "the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring
or receipt of persons, by means
of the threat or use of force or
other forms of coercion...for the
purpose of exploitation."
The UN definition of human
trafficking is the product of a
long international debate. "There
are some very deliberate policy
decisions that are reflected in
the [internationally-accepted]
human trafficking definition,"
said Benjamin Perrin, an assistant professor in the faculty
of law at UBC who has advised
the Canadian government on its
policies to combat human trafficking. "The definition refers to
forced labour." As a result, not
all exploitative labour practices
involving movement of persons
qualify  as  trafficking.   Maria's
case, for example, falls into a
grey area.
Human trafficking is difficult
to detect in Canada partly because there is no typical case.
Andreas Schloenhardt is working on a research project on the
topic with Perrin. "[T]he one
thing that we've really learned in
our one year of research is that
there are no two cases that are
the same," Schloenhardt said.
The stereotypical sex worker
from overseas brought into the
country scenario does not fit
with Canadian evidence; the first
set of convictions for human
trafficking in Canada have all involved Canadian sex trafficking
Combined with this uncertainty is the fact that no one knows
how big the problem really is.
There may be a handful of trafficking cases in Canada or there
may be thousands. A few years
ago, the RCMP estimated that
there are between 800 and 1200
victims of trafficking in Canada.
However, they have since rescinded that estimate because it
is difficult to accurately estimate
the size of the clandestine problem. Some NGOs say there may
be as many as 15,000 victims in
In an attempt to compile the
first detailed statistics about the
issue in Canada, Perrin filed a
freedom of information request
with Immigration Canada. He
found that only 31 victims of human trafficking have been identified in Canada in the past two
years. Only one of these victims
came forward voluntarily. Due to
the secretive nature of the problem and coercion victims face,
this number is likely the tip of
the iceberg.
In August 2008 the Criminal
Intelligence Service of Canada
put out a report based on interviews with law enforcement
on the issue. It found there are
organized criminal networks
across Canada involved in the
trafficking of Canadian women
and underage girls for sexual exploitation within Canada and, in
some cases, to the United States.
"So we have to remember that
this is not simply a problem that
affects vulnerable individuals
from abroad," Perrin said, "but
it also is a problem which has
targeted Canadian women and
underage girls in particular."
You can see the domestic side
of the issue in the transition
house of Vancouver Rape Relief
and Women's Shelter, where
Alice Lee, a collective member
of the group, has worked for the
last 14 years. "In my work in the
transition house we've always
had women that have been trafficked, especially women that are
trafficked within Canada from
rural places to urban centres,"
Lee said. Daisy Kler, another collective member, explained that
trafficking of aboriginal women
and girls from poor reserves
into urban areas is of particular
There is also the problem
of how to define cases
like Maria's. Panis argues that, based on the grassroots research done by the
Philippine Women's Centre, we
need to expand how we look at
trafficking. "Our analysis is that
the Live-in Caregiver Program
is almost a form of trafficking
because we see that the Philippine government is pushing its
citizens out. March 20,2009 \ Page 7
"But at the same time, on the
receiving end, Canada as a country really lures women and other
workers here, telling them that
they'll be able to work in their
profession, they'll be able to work
and live and be reunited with their
families. But when they come
here, they learn that the Live-in
Caregiver Program and [the conditions] they're working under...
is very, very different from what
they've been told."
In the program, the women
must have a specific employer to
obtain the visa to come to Canada.
Once they arrive in Canada, they
are to work 40 hours per week at
minimum wage. In order to obtain
permanent-residence status, they
must provide 24 months of live-in
care over a period of 36 months.
But because live-in caregivers are
obligated to live with their employer, the situation creates dynamics
that can result in exploitation or
forced labour.
Panis explained that, while employed, live-in caregivers are not
allowed to look for a second employer, to upgrade their education
(unless specifically authorized), or
to move out. Women are afraid to
complain if they find themselves
in bad working conditions, because if they're fired they'll face
deportation if they can't find a
new live-in care job to fulfill the
terms ofthe program.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Human
Resources and Development
Canada (HRSDC) do make efforts
to provide workers with information about their rights, as well as
community organizations that
may be able to assist them. This
is how Maria was able to reach
the Philippine Women's Centre
for help.
CIC has also undertaken
reviews in response to abuse
complaints related to the program. However, the impact of
these reviews is unclear. When
I asked for a concrete example
explaining how CIC's policies
were impacted by this review
process, the spokesperson, Danielle Norris, simply repeated that
"CIC consistently reviews all programs and policies."
Panis explained that live-in
caregivers, who are predominantly Filipino women, are placed in
vulnerable positions where they
can be coerced and exploited by
their employer. They can become
trapped economically—if their
farnilies rely on the income—and
"Sometimes I think I've heard
really, really awful stories and
I hear something worse," Panis
told me. In one case, for example,
a woman Panis met through the
women's centre was forced to
live in a room that could only be
locked from the outside. Her employers kept the key and let her
out, or kept her in, as they pleased.
"It is impossible for someone
to say that all live-in caregivers
are victimized. That's clearly not
true. But it's also false to say that
none of them are victims, because
some of them are from the cases
that we're having brought to our
attention," Perrin said.
Analee Lepp, the co-founder
of the Canadian branch of the
Global Alliance Against Traffic in
Women, explained that stories like
Maria's need greater attention. "It
seems to me that we have to do
a lot more work in order to look
at labour migration much more
broadly and see how human trafficking fits within that, within all
the labour sectors where people
could be potentially trafficked, not
just the sex industry."
Erika del Carmen Fuchs, a
volunteer for Justicia for Migrant
Workers, was even more adamant
than Panis in her criticism of government programs. "We actually
push the trafficking discourse,"
she said in reference to the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Pro
gram (SAWP) whereby Mexican
and Caribbean agricultural workers come on temporary visas.
Del Carmen Fuchs told a story
about workers under the program who had pesticide spilled
on them. They were unable to get
immediate medical attention and
eventually died. In another case,
a Mexican worker was going to be
deported because he was unable
to pay for the medical expenses related to concussions and a stroke
caused as a result of a head injury
on the job.
"We say the program is trafficking by the government,"
said del Carmen Fuchs. Before
coming to Canada, the workers
are shown videos that show
great working conditions and
beautiful Canadian fields, del
Carmen Fuchs said. When they
arrive in Canada, they often live
in terrible conditions and find
their rights are negated. While
government stipulations make
guarantees of health insurance
and certain living standards, a
lack of oversight makes it possible for employers to neglect
these standards.
"If complaints are received
from workers indicating that
employers are not respecting
the terms and conditions of employment within the SAWP, they
are referred to the appropriate
provincial ministry responsible
for employment and labour standards," an HRSDC spokesperson
The migrant workers often
face a language barrier and fear
being deported if they complain.
Del Carmen Fuchs feels that,
because of conditions in Mexico
and other Latin American countries, the farmers have no other
economically feasible option
once they arrive in Canada.
This, she argues, qualifies the
situation as forced labour and,
therefore, trafficking rather than
simply exploitation.
In one case, a woman was forced to live in a room that
could only be locked from the outside. Her employers kept
the key and let her out, or kept her in, as they pleased.
"It is impossible
for someone to
say that all live-
in caregivers are
victimized. That's
clearly not true.
But it's also false
to say that none of
them are victims."
—Prof. Benjamin Perrin
Currently, Canada has no
national plan to tackle
trafficking. Moreover,
sentences dispensed to the few
that have been charged with human trafficking have been light.
Nakpamgi was sentenced to only
three years in jail for exploiting
Eve. Once his 13-month pre-trial
custody credit is subtracted, he
will spend less time in jail than
he spent enslaving Eve.
MP Joy Smith is trying to push
Private Member's Bill C-268
through parliament, which
would create a minimum prison
sentence of five years for anyone
charged of trafficking a minor.
More than 3500 people have
joined a Facebook group that
urges Canadians to write to their
MP in support ofthe bill. Yet this
bill only tackles one aspect of a
multifaceted problem.
For the time being, BC is
ahead of the rest of Canada. The
province established an Office to
Combat Trafficking in Persons
(OCTIP) and, to date, is the only
province that has made such an
Corporal Normand Massie of
the RCMP Border Integrity Program explained that talking to
the public and raising awareness
ofthe issue is also crucial. "Exposure at the border is very quick.
It is difficult to detect a human
trafficking victim, because a victim coming into Canada doesn't
even know that they are going to
be exploited yet. They have different expectations. It's not until
they've gone [through] that port
of entry that they find out.
"Our success is almost entirely
reliant on detection. That's the
police and everybody else. That's
the health care workers. That's the
lady next door who hears screaming and someone being assaulted
on a regular basis. That's how we
need to surface what could be human trafficking."
The public, in a sense, becomes the police. "I don't know
what's going on in the house next
door to where you live unless if
you tell me," Massie continued.
"In the interest of keeping our
communities safe, we need to
be more willing to provide information to the police." This is
especially important in light of
the fact that there may be many
more people being trafficked
from within Canada than coming
across our borders.
In 2005, Massie designed the
RCMP's strategies to combat human trafficking as the organization's first human trafficking
coordinator. He worked closely
with Robin Pike, who is the executive director of the OCTIP.
Pike became involved in the
issue personally in 1999 when
four boats carrying about 590
Chinese migrants arrived off the
coast of BC. The "dilapidated"
and "unseaworthy" boats were
carrying 134 children without
parents or legal guardians. The
children, whose families in China were expecting them to earn
money in Canada and the US to
send back home, were taken into
government care automatically.
While their stories were similar,
each had different needs, be they
related to language, healthcare
or concerns about their families.
"For me, working with all of
those children and forming relationships with them was very
memorable," Pike explained.
About 40 of the children stayed
in touch with people from the
team with which Pike worked,
even if many of them ran away.
The incident had a profound
impact on how Pike handles
cases. Setting a basis of trust
with the person being trafficked is crucial, a philosophy
he's tried to apply to OCTIP
and RCMP strategies. "We did
not have human trafficking
language at that point," Pike
said of the situation. "We were
reacting in 1999, because nothing like that had ever happened
before. Now we need to be
In spite of these efforts, Lee
said that the government is simply not providing enough support to organizations that work
with trafficking victims such as
the Vancouver Rape Relief and
Women's Shelter. In many ways
grass-roots organizations, which
can gain the trust of trafficked
people more easily than the government, are in better positions
to provide assistance.
Both Eve and Maria made
brave choices when they
asked for help. Maria left
the family she was working for
unsure of whether she would
be able to stay in Canada and
support her family with much-
needed income. Fortunately,
with the support of the Philippine Women's Centre, Maria
was able to acquire a permit to
stay in Canada. She sponsored
her family, who followed a few
years later, but when her marriage fell apart, she found it
difficult to reconnect with her
children, whom she had not
seen for manyyears.
Nakpamgi controlled Eve
through assault and coercive
threats, such as threatening to
kidnap her brother. Eve finally
went to the police after being
held at gunpoint by a client.
In her statement to the court,
she said she suffers emotional,
health and financial problems
because of the enslavement.
In spite of their hardships,
Eve and Maria were probably
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March 20,2009 \ Page 8
Vancouver explores new media
by Caroline Chuang
Culture Writer
At the Vancouver Art Gallery's (VAG)
entrance on Hornby Street, birds
are chirping on loudspeakers in a
work by Abbas Akhavan. And so begins your auditory experience with
How Soon is Now, an exhibit that
borrows from a Smiths' song title
and whose enjoyment is heightened
when viewed more than once.
The show embraces sound in
various forms—in a jam room, in a
booth where you can play records,
and in a Smith's listening station,
just to name a few. But, while
sound does take centre stage, it's
the video art that stuns, ingratiates, marvels, philosophizes and
politicizes. And it's the vain conceit of some works that makes you
question the validity of art and its
abiliy to convey meaning.
Sounds like the chirping created by Akhavan, and Meesoo Lee's
party-like warbles, audible from
behind the walls of the VAG, explore what artists and art historians call critiquing the institutions
of art and challenging limits of the
gallery setting for a work's display
and reception. Christian KHegel's
facade of elevator doors placed
at various locations exemplifies a
type of a deception that plays on
the gallery goer's assumptions.
Avant-garde, you say?
Take Holly Ward's "Island,"
which is a pile of dirt, called "mobile sculpture." But dirt is what it
is, and it moves around the gallery
one pile at a time.
Dan Starling makes an impressive video in which he gives two
of the exact same news reports
(he delivers his views on topics of
pop culture, media and art in this
form). One is recorded against
the backdrop of a burning man
in Nevada, and the other is at the
Democratic National Convention
in Colorado. He chose the two
events because they took place at
the same time.
My favourite work is a video
by Allison Hrabluik called A Mild
Case of Smallpox. Unlike Starling's
strict use of the fact-based news
reporting medium, Hrabluik uses
animation, kitsch, humour, wit,
intelligence and 80s music to tell
the story of her forays into Scientology in the aftermath of her pet
jaguar cub's death.
Undoubtedly the grittiest is the
work of Paul Wong, veteran video
artist of the 70s. Nothing can really prepare you for watching
Perfect Day.
Cultural appropriation is also
in many works and is expressed
A chat with Patti Flather
by Kathy Yan Li
Patti Flather is no stranger to
UBC. She graduated from UBC
with an MFA in Creative Writing,
with When the River Meets the
Sea as her thesis play.
When the River Meets the
Sea is about a mother and a
daughter who left their home on
the West Coast to finally come
home. "I can imagine it happening very close to UBC, all that
beauty, where the Fraser meets
the ocean. And there is so much
history there," says Path, who
was inspired by her love for
the "places along the shore, the
marshes" and "the ocean."
It was performed in White
Horse in 2006, and has been
developed continually since
at workshops and public readings. This rendition of the play
has a lnt nf TTRP. tips  Kim Har
vey, the actress playing Jade, is
a graduate from UBC Theatre
while Mia Tailfeather, playing Katrina, is a current UBC
through a combination of materials that change their original
meanings. Brendan Lee Satish
Tang's Manga Ormolu (Chinese
Ming Dynasty vases and contemporary Japanese manga) figures
are displayed in plexiglass cases.
Raymond Boisjoly dresses up a
trunk of yellow cedar in Christmas lights and spells out "Beginnings and Latecomers." Sonny
Assu's copper coffee cups number 67 in total, one for each year
that Potlatch ceremonies were
Marina Roy trumps all in her
She also shares her experiences being an editor for The
Ubyssey back in 1984.
"I was a co-editor in a gang of
four, and we just divided everything up. I did more of news and
we didn't get paid. We put everything up by hand for the layout
with the press man and stayed up
all night on production nights. We
used a manual typewriter then; I
learned to type there."
The award-winning play is
about Vancouver and the relationships of people from different cultures. Though it's not a
play with apolitical agenda, Path
wants people to be aware that
"we haven't completely resolved
the relationship we have with
the First Nations.
"It's a really good story. A lot
of young people would like it. Everyone can relate to it, no matter
what your identity is, whatever
vnnr harfcrrnnnrl is " ll
When the River Meets the Sea
runs from March 20 to April 4 at
Presentation House Theatre. Tickets are priced at $24 for adults
and $20 for students.
illicit and erotic images, only
visible upon twisting and turning your head. Her work "Nature
Pushed Out the Door" is the only
without a caption—it speaks for
itself. Next door, you'll see pieces of felt eroticized (made into
individual breasts), and if you
were lucky enough to the be the
first in line for the washroom,
you could take home a piece
of toilet paper with the artist's
drawings on it, taped to the back
of the bathroom stall, a work
that Roy has entitled "The Erotic
Life of Poetry."^
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Eat here and become
a cooler, hipper person
Glowbal, for the trendiest kid on the block, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
by Jordan Baimel
Culture Writer
If it weren't for the robust aroma
coming from the open kitchen,
you would think that Glowbal
Grill & Satay Bar, with its energized atmosphere, was more of a
lounge than a restaurant. Situated in the trendy neighbourhood
of Yaletown, it gives style to the
culinary experience and boasts
unique flavour combinations to
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From bumping electronic
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the open kitchen. Tables that
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The venue also has a fantastic
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The menu is traditional Pacific Northwest fair with pan-
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chop ($3.50), a perfectly cooked
small piece of lamb served with
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served with a lemon-herb butter that perfectly complements
the saltiness of the prawn, is an
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For entrees, the Kobe meatballs with truffle spaghetti
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tomato-garlic confit, while the
spaghetti is served in a divine
truffle butter sauce, topped with
black truffle shavings. The full
flavours of the truffle can, however, overpower the tenderness
of the meatballs, rendering this
dish quite rich and filling. The
blackened wild BC Salmon ($24)
is also a great choice and is
served with a savory housemade
gnocchi in a puttanesca sauce.
The freshness of the fish is quite
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Desserts at Glowbal Grill &
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The trio of creme brulee ($7.95)
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March 20,2009 \ Page 10
Cracks in the executive
Last week, the AMS dedicated $30,000 to fund an awareness campaign during the upcoming provincial election. While it's laudable,
it isn't all that interesting. What is interesting is that even though the
new AMS executive has been in place for less than a month, cracks in
teamwork are beginning to show.
The problem started because VP External Tim Chu, in all his
wisdom, decided to ask for the $30,000 without having a budget to
explain how it would be spent. Which normally would be an annoyance, but not a major problem...except for the fact that Chu was asking for money not from his own External Lobbying Fund, which had
most of its funds depleted through the federal/municipal elections,
but the special-project slush fund known as the "President's Fund."
Oh, and while Chu was adamant that the money had to be approved
at that council meeting to put together a meaningful campaign, he
was vague on exactly how, aside from already purchased bus and
newspaper ads, the money would be spent. Oops.
As VP Finance, Tom Dvorak would obviously have a bit of a problem with this. Now, if we accept that the executive should have its
squabbles behind closed doors, and present a unified front towards
council, Dvorak had two options. One, to make sure Chu had a
preliminary budget in place. The other would have been to argue his
case to the rest ofthe executive, but if he lost the debate, to quietly
abstain from the discussion in council.
Thankfully, for the purposes of entertainment, Dvorak did neither.
Instead, he a) tried to cut the funding for the campaign in half to
$ 15,000, b) led a group of Engineering and Commerce students in
opposing the entire motion because of a lack of budget, c) called what
Chu was trying to do the equivalent of "giving carte blanche, which
is a very, very scary precedent," and d) made several agitated and
shocked faces when people said things he thought were ridiculous.
All in all, itwas tremendously amusing, and only ended at around
the 90-minute mark when council agreed by the smallest of margins
to give Chu the entire $30,000.
It would have been nice to hear from Chu and Dvorak after council
meeting that night, to try to understand whether they regretted the
debate going to council. Sadly, that didn't happen, because President
Blake Frederick—who, it should be noted, was mute for the entire debate—barred both from commenting. Instead, he would explain what
happened...right after he talked to his communications manager to
figure out what he was going to say.
"It wasn't a personal debate, there may have been disagreement
over funding allocations, but itwas strictly a disagreement, and I
think that's healthy and fine," he ever-so-carefully said afterwards.
And Frederick can say that if he wants. But frankly, happening at the
first council meeting of their term, following an executive that by
and large managed to publicly put political differences aside once
elected, the incident speaks badly of Chu, who couldn't put together
a budget together and wasn't sure where funding for a major project
would come from. It speaks badly of Dvorak, who was unable to hide
his frustration and contempt for Chu's plans. And it speaks badly of
Frederick that he wasn't able to resolve this disagreement, and find
some way to ensure that it wouldn't spill over to the council table.
It may make for entertaining debates, but whether it best serves
students is questionable. *2I
Send scalpers to jail!
"Scalping tickets" is a common phrase. If you go to a concert, you
know you'll see a guy, probably sketchy-looking, walking around
shouting "Anyone buying tickets? Anyone selling tickets?" But scalping goes so much deeper than the dubious individuals you see standing outside of venues. It's individuals buying eight tickets to Lady
Gaga at the Commodore and selling them on Craigslist for double
face value. It's companies using scripts to buy hundreds of tickets to
Britney Spears at GM Place. It's Ticketmaster redirecting would-be
buyers of Bruce Springsteen tickets to TicketsNow.com for triple
face value. It's ticket companies and artists colluding to send tickets
directly to scalper sites.
Why is scalping so prevalent? Because there's big money in it. It's
a gravy train for professional scalpers, Ticketmaster, ticket resale
companies, and even the artists themselves. But there's one large demographic who don't benefit—the normal person who merely wants
to see their favourite band.
And of course, even face value ticket prices are becoming inflated.
$3 7 for Katy Perry? $70 to see The Fray? $2 70 for "VIP Gen Admission" to Britney Spears? You know things aren't right with that. Trent
Reznor of Nine Inch Nails lays much ofthe blame on Live Nation and
Ticketmaster. Reznor further warned that the potential merger ofthe
two companies could turn the purchase of all tickets into auctions,
making it cheaper for less popular artists, but much more expensive
for popular artists. This would mean that people would either have to
pay extreme prices or forego seeing artists like U2 or Madonna.
We haven't gotten to that point yet, and hopefully it won't. What we
do have to deal with however, is scalping. To combat scalping, we at
The Ubyssey feel the best method is to make selling tickets for more
than the printed value (give or take a few dollars to make a round
number) illegal—and actually enforce it. Currently scalping is illegal
in Ontario and other provinces but not in BC. The NDP is attempting
to introduce anti-scalping legislation but it has not yet passed.
Fine or arrest the scalpers who stand outside venues selling tickets
for more than face. Set up sting operations by contacting scalpers on
Craigslist, and pretend to be a buyer of their tickets above face value.
Raid the headquarters of ticket scalping companies and arrest the
leaders (if they operate within BC).
Scalpers, like all people, do cost-benefit analysis. If the costs of
scalping (fear of arrest, large fines) outweigh the benefits (earning
money from ticket resale) scalping will be largely eliminated, vi
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by Trevor Melanson
Dear Editor,
The simple fact of the matter
is that without those of us (most
of us) making $40,000/year,
financiers, executives and others at the top would be unable
to make $30 million/year. Such
obscene salaries are directly enabled through the work of those
making more common wages,
and to view such high salaries
as anything other than highway
robbery highlights how deluded
and apathetic the majority of us
have become to our system. It
may be true that many of these
people work hard, but what of
our nurses and doctors? Do they
not "sacrifice their health and
sleep" to ensure our own health?
For a variety of reasons $30 million/year salaries have become
normalized to us and we accept
them as proper, but is it not time
to wake up? I reject the notion
that a financier's or executive's
work is worth more than, say,
that of a nurse or doctor, and I
hope that others start to do the
same. We all need to stop rewarding greed and avarice by acquiescing to such "norms," and
start demanding and expecting
more realistic salaries for all.
—R. Chris Flannelly
Alumni BA 2008
Dear Ubyssey,
I'm just e-mailing on behalf
of the women's volleyball team.
This is not meant as an attack,
but we are truly disappointed
in The Ubyssey.
After winning a national
championship for the second
time in 30 years, we received an
embarrassingly small amount
of coverage in The Ubyssey I remember that our story covered
less than a quarter of the page,
and that the advertisements
beside our story were larger.
Also, the men's basketball team
received a full colour page
story for  achieving  second at
CanadaWEST Final Four, a significantly smaller competition
that the National Championship.
I appreciated receiving an
email from Kellan Higgins warning me that the coverage would
be small, and he cited this as
being because "it was really hard
to get content when events are
played away [from UBC]."
What really makes me upset
is that after the men's basketball
team was "away" in Ottawa for
their national championships,
they again received a full-page
colour spread, and an additional
editorial perspective, on their
second-place finish at nationals.
I want to thank you for the
coverage of our team this
year, however I think that you
dramatically underplayed our
incredible achievements at the
end of the year in the shadow of
the men's basketball team.
—Claire Hanna
Women's volleyball
team member
How do you feel about the tuition increase?
James Supeene
Science 2
"I think our
tuition has increased enough
really, already...
It seems kind of
Jaren Lerner
Science 3
"Well, it's not
unexpected. It
keeps happening
every year so it's
unfortunate but
expected so it's
not that big of a
Matt Chernos
Science 3
"It sucks, I have
to pay more
sucks. I mean,
the justification
on the e-mail
was that itwas
because of
how they justify
it, I need to get
my degree, I
gotta pay it."
Melissa Cheung
Science 4
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something that
probably can't
be avoided,
especially in this
time with the
recession and
not happy with
it, but I just have
to accept it."
Rupeela Gil
Arts 4
"I don't feel
like there's really a need for
it considering
our tuition has
increased nonstop."
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March 20,2009 \ Page 12
Volleyball coach wins championship, loses bet
by Kathy Yan Li
Sports Staff
Head coach Doug Reimer did not
think he had the right head shape
for the shave. "It's never been
done....I'm not ready. I don'thave
the head for it."
The story of the second time
volleyball national champions
has been proudly retold countless
times: the UBC Thunderbirds
women's volleyball team fiercely
defended their national championship title, winning for the
second year in a row. Yet at some
point in January, when things
weren't looking so great for the
team, head volleyball coach Doug
Reimer made a bet with his team.
"It started in the middle of the
season, the record was seven
and five. So, at that point, we
were just playing around with
Doug, "Would you do this if we
win again? Would you do this
if we win again?" team captain
Danielle Peterson recalled with a
laugh. "And we finally got him to
commit that he would shave his
head or buzz it if we won again.
But at that point, he figured it
was so far in the future and our
record wasn't necessarily like the
best, so he was like 'Yeah, sure.
I'll do it' And then we definitely
stepped up in our second half of
the season, and lo and behold, we
Despite their second year win,
it wasn't a walk in the park. "We
took a lot of the adversity that
The team enjoying coach Reimer keeping his end of the bet with the team, kathy yan li photo/the ubyssey
happened, like injuries and tough
losses, and we were kind of able
to process that and learn from it
and use to our advantage," coach
Reimer reflected, saying that the
adversities created "more leadership in the team, and [the win] became more of like team contribution." They were more prepared
for when someone else was sick,
or if an injured person didn't recover enough to compete.
As has been the case for many
years, the team was filled with
players of all-star quality. But
when asked what seemed to
help clinch the win again, coach
Reimer put it down to flexibility,
the right competitiveness and a
belief system.
"Some of the things that are
important are that it's a long
season, you got to be able to ride
out and stay patient and flexible with what's happening so
that the players with each other,
themselves and just the group
as a whole." Last year, the team
learned to play the big games
without putting extra pressure on
themselves, helping them with
their first win in 30 years.
"At a certain point of time, it
still comes down to the group
believing that we can do this. And
that comes back to my point about
not worrying too much that we
will lose. You're engaged, you're
respectful of your opponents. You
know, 'All right, that's not perfect.
We can ride through that.'"
There was pride etched on the
face of Reimer as he recounted
how a couple of coaches went up
to him and remarked how it was
a pleasure to watch his team play.
The other coaches could see the
bond the girls shared and how
they were supportive no matter
what happened.
The synergy between the team
was obvious. On the court, there
was communication between the
players. Off the court, it seemed
like a bunch of great girlfriends
hanging out and having fun.
"We're a really really close team,
on and off the court and that was
another huge contribution," said
Peterson. "So I think we just create an atmosphere, like friendship and love and trust."
The girls are by no means
arrogant about their win. "Whatever we want to do next year, it all
starts now. We take the win, learn
from it, keep it at the back of our
minds," said Jen Hinze, who's in
her third season with the team.
"But then we know that going in
next year, it's a clean slate and it
doesn't matter how many we've
won before. It doesn't mean anything next year."
With such great friendship
and determination within the
team, there is no doubt that they
will continue to do UBC proud.
Winning championships, getting
coaches shaved bald....what can't
our volleyballs girls do? *2I
Athletes ofthe Week
Claire Hanna, Thunderbird Athletic Council
This past weekend, the Nordic ski team won
the first national championship in UBC history. Leading the way in Collingwood, Ontario
was Ed McCarthy, who won the 15km event
by a full 30 seconds. For McCarthy, a transfer from the Carleton program, this is a huge
accomplishment. McCarthy also competed
in the Winter Universidade in Beijing, and
placed first out of all Canadian skiers. Watch
McCarthy in upcoming years for long strides
on the Canadian skiing scene.
Once again, Annamay Pierse of the women's
swimming team is UBC's athlete ofthe week.
This past weekend in Ontario, she set the
world record for the 200m breaststroke with
a time of 2:17.50. She also set a Canadian
record for the 100m breaststroke. At this particular meet, Pierse won a Pontiac Wave automobile for winning the world record. Pierse
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