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BYSSEY
January 6,2009 \ www.ubyssey.ca
Narrowly escaping vehicular suicide since 1918 \ volume xc, number 27
UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays 2    EVENTS, INFO AND GAMES
THE UBYSSEY    WWW.UBYSSEY.CA
JANUARY 6, 2009
Events
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
January 7
Give Blood • The First Nations
House of Learning and Canadian
Blood Services are co-hosting a
blood donation clinic at the UBC
First Nations • Jan. 7 @ 11:15 am
- 4:45 pm, Longhouse (1985 West
Mall), Cost: Free, to make an appointment call 1-888-2DONATE*
Kim Cattrall at UBC • The Dept
of Theatre & Film presents Sex and
the City actress, producer and author Kim Cattrall. She talks about
her 35+ yrs of professional work in
TV, theatre and film, her life challenges, women in the work force,
etc. . • Jan. 7 12-1 pm, Frederic
Wood Theatre (6354 Crescent Rd.)
Cost: Free, To reserve seating: 604-
822-2678 •
Sudoku
January 9
Winter Broomball Championships
• One of UBC REC's most entertaining tournaments, the Winter
Broomball Championships, are
the perfect escape for the winter
blues. CoRec teams of 5 (four plus
goalie) will compete in the most
fun you can have on ice without
wearing skates. Helmets with a
full cage or half-visor and mouth
guard are required. Participants are
strongly encouraged to bring their
own. Knee pads and elbow pads
are also recommended, but not
required. Be sure to sign-up for
a timeslot early as spots are sure
to fill up quickly! • All day Jan. 9,
UBC Student Team: $106, UBC
Staff Team: $175*
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Women's Hockey • UBC Thunderbirds vs. Lethbridge Horns •
Jan. 9 @ 7:30 - 9 pm, Thunderbird
Winter Sports Center, Tickets: $10
student/$4 youth & senior/$2 UBC
student •
January 10
Shoot for the Cure - Women's
Basketball vs. SFU Clan * The
UBC Thunderbirds are proud to be
a part of the CIS initiative SHOOT
FOR THE CURE. Part of the proceeds from every ticket sold wil
go to the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation - BC/Yukon Region
Come out on Saturday night for
an evening of basketball and support both your Thunderbirds and
breast cancer research in Canada
Show your support and come to
the game wearing PINK! • Jan. 10
@ 6-8pm, Location: War Memorial
Gym, Tickets: $10 adult/$4 youth
& senior/$2 UBC student •
Basketball • UBC Men's Basketball
vs. Simon Fraser Clan for the last
time in conference play this year
• Jan. 10 @ 8 pm, War Memorial
Gym, Tickets: $10 adult/$4 youth
& senior/$2 UBC student •
January 11
Chip In! Christmas Tree Recycling
at the UBC Botanical Garden *
Come help. Your help is much
appreciated! Be sustainable! Drop
off your Christmas tree (only)
to be chipped into mulch for
Garden trails. Please remove al
tree stands, decorations, lights
and tinsel. All dates and times
are self-serve drop off. • Jan. 11,
9-4:30pm, Location: UBC Botanical Garden parking lot, 6804
South West Marine Dr. •
solution, tips and computer
programs at www.sudoku.com
Easy # 99
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January 13
Improve your Presentation Skills
• Whether you shake in your
boots at the thought of speaking
in front of a group or ham it up on
stage, Coach Rhonda Victoor wil
catapult your speaking to a whole
SUSC0M1C.COM, BY MICHAEL BROUND
new level! After nearly two years
of gruelling competition Rhonda
became the World Effective Speak-
ng Champion in Japan in November 2004: an event attended by
10,000 business leaders including
author Stephen Covey. Now she
will share the GEMS that helped
her become a world class speaker
• Jan. 13 @ 9am-4pm, Location:
TBD, Cost: $100*
Note taking Workshop *  Learn
about the Cornell note taking
method and SQ3R — techniques to
help you take better notes. Also,
get some tips to improve your
concentration in lectures. • Jan 13
@ 12- 1:30pm, Held in the Dodson
Room of the Chapman Learning
Commons, To register go to:
www. stud en ts. ubc. ca/worksh ops •
January 14
Find your Career • Ever wonder
what types of careers are best
suited to your interests and
personality? This interactive workshop will help you deepen your
understanding of your work style
and work preferences so you can
better plan and prepare for your
future career. Complete the Type
Focus personality inventory prior
to attending the workshop. • Jan.
14 @ 12-1 pm, Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre Room 260, Free
Admission •
Unmasking the Hidden Job
Market • Is the eternal search for
employment feeling a bit futile?
You may be surprised to know
that an overwhelming 80% of
jobs are unadvertised. So where
are all the jobs? Professional association members from a variety
of industries come to uncover the
secret world of networking to help
you be successful in your career
quest. • Jan 14 @ 2-4 pm, LSK
460,  Cost: Free*
January 15
Post-Graduation Work Permit
Info Session • Are you graduat-
ng and planning to look for a job
in Canada? Do you want to know
about government regulations
on post-graduation work permit?
How can you find a job? How
can you prepare and what are the
resources? Come join us in the
info session and learn more about
resources and tips related to post-
graduation employment. • Jan. 15
@ 1-2pm, Location: International
House, Upper Lounge, Free Admission •
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ACTORS NEEDED
Brave New Play Rites Festival, UBC.
Auditions: Sunday January 11,
10am - 6pm and Monday January
12 , 6pm - 10pm in the Dorothy
Somerset Studio.
Head to www.bravenew.ca for more
information.
Dreams and OBEs:
A FREE 8-Week Course
January 11, 2009, 2:00pm-3:00pm
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January 6"', 2009
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Editorial Board
COORDINATING EDITOR
Kellan Higgins: coordinating@uhyssey.ca
NEWS EDITORS
Stephanie Findlay & Justin McElroy :
news@uhyssey.ca
CULTURE EDITOR
Trevor Melanson : culture@uhyssey.ca
SPORTS EDITOR
Shun Endo sports@uhysseyca
FEATURES & PERSPECTIVES EDITOR
Joe Rayment: features@uhyssey.ca
PHOTO EDITOR
Goh Iromoto :photos@ubyssey.ca
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Paul Bucci:production@uhyssey.ca
COPY EDITOR
Celestian Rince: copy@tdhyssey.ca
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Ricardo Bortolon : volunteers-@tdhyssey.ca
WEBMASTER
Adam Leggett: webmaster@uhyssey ca
MULTIMEDIA EDITOR
Dan Haves : multimedia-@ubyssey.ca
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AD TRAFFIC : Sabrina Marchand
AD DESIGN : Gerald Deo
The Ubyssey is the official student newspaper ofthe University of British Columbia. It is published every Tuesday
and Friday by The Ubyssey Publications Society. We are an
autonomous, democratically run student organization, and
all students are encouraged to participate.
Editorials are chosen and written bythe Ubyssey staff.
They are the expressed opinion of the staff, and do not
necessarily reflect the views of The Ubyssey Publications
Society or the University of British Columbia. All editorial
content appearing in The Ubyssey is the property of The
Ubyssey Publications Society. Stories, opinions, photographs and artwork contained herein cannot be reproduced
without the expressed, written permission of The Ubyssey
Publications Society.
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Letters to the editor must be under 300 words. Please
include your phone number, student number and signature
(not for publication) as well as your year and faculty with
all submissions. ID will be checked when submissions are
dropped off atthe editorial officeofThe Ubyssey; otherwise
verification will be done by phone. "Perspectives" are opinion pieces over 300 words but under 750 words and are run
according to space. "Freestyles" are opinion pieces written
by Ubyssey staff members. Priority will be given to letters
and perspectives over freestyles unless the latter is time
sensitive. Opinion pieces will not be run until the identity of
the writer has been verified. The Ubyssey reserves the right
to edit submissionsfor length and clarity. All letters must be
received by 12 noon the day before intended publication.
Letters received after this point will be published in the
following issue unless there is an urgent time restriction or
other matter deemed relevant bythe Ubyssey staff.
It is agreed by all persons placing display or classified
advertising that if the Ubyssey Publications Society fails to
publish an advertisement or if an error in the ad occurs the
liability of the UPS will not be greaterthan the price pa id for
the ad. The UPS shall not be responsible for slight changes
or typographical errors that do not lessen the value or the
impact ofthe ad.
Contributors
It all begun as Goh Iromoto was trapped in a little dark box
bythe evil K.K.K. - King Kellan Higgins, Kooky Kalyeena
Makortoff, and Killah Kristen Fok. Luckily, the Great Dan
Haves came up with an ingenious plan. First, his look-
a-like Oker Chen tricked the goons into thinking he had
escaped. Amidst the confusion, Ian Turner used his brute
strength to burst open the box. Then Trevor Record used
his super cackle which blew the K.K.K. off a rocky cliff. Unfortunately though, they landed on top of Trevor Melanson
and Samantha Jung who were having sex on the beach.
Gerald Deo came out of nowhere, took photos of this and
sent the images to Cel Rince, who was complaining that he
couldn't view the images on his ipod cause it was running
low on juice...even though he was standing in a room full
of computers.
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UBC abandons electronic waste recycler
Genesis Recycling Ltd said
to lack transparency in the
recycling process at UBC
by Heather Amos
News Writer
Due to uncertain protocol, UBC
has terminated its relationship
with its previous electronic
waste recycler and has picked
up two new recyclers in hopes
of finding an ethical way to dispose of old computers and other
electronics.
Genesis Recycling Ltd. has
been UBC's electronic waste,
or e-waste, recycler for three
years. However, the university is
unconvinced by assurances that
material isn't being shipped and
dumped abroad hazardously.
Christian Beaudrie, outreach
co-ordinator for UBC Waste
Management, said the industry
certification program that Genesis Recycling Ltd. was a part of
does not have a strong auditing
process and lacks transparency
around its dumping protocol.
"We're absolutely not comfortable with staying with the [program]...for that reason," said
Beaudrie.
Genesis has denied UBC's assertions and insisted guidelines
for ethical recycling are being
met. "We're pretty proud of how
we handle e-waste here," said
Doug Surtees, the company's
general manager.
"We're under a lot of scrutiny, we've passed all our audits
and inspections with flying colours," he said.
Last year UBC collected 36
tons of e-waste from the campus
and community and sent it to
Genesis. It is estimated that
UBC is capturing one-quarter
to one-half of the amount of
electronic waste produced at
the school.
Genesis is a provincially approved recycler with the Western
Canada Computer Industry Association (WCCIA), a non-profit
society that oversees a voluntary
industry certification program to
safely dispose of electronics.
CBC News recently exposed
two British Columbian companies that tout safe disposal,
Technotrash and Electronics-recycling.com, which were found
to be shipping Canadian e-waste
to China. Technotrash, like Genesis, is a member of the WCCIA.
"The university sought written assurances of safe disposal
and an impartial audit of Genesis' practices," said Beaudrie.
When Genesis would not cooperate, UBC decided to look
elsewhere.
"We've given them an adequate chance to prove that
they're handling these things the
right way and they've failed to do
that," said Beaudrie.
Surtees said Genesis is in the
midst of undergoing the auditing
process to become a member of
another industry recycling certification program in BC—one of
two in the province—the Electronic Stewardship Association
ofBC(ESABC).
"We knew we would have to
make some changes. We didn't
want to give them [a] document
that would be out of date in a
month. We haven't gotten anything back from the auditor yet,"
said Surtees, who expects the
audit back soon.
Concerns have arisen in recent years that some Canadian
It is uncertain whether these computers will make it to the proper e-waste recycler. heather amos photo/the ubyssey
companies are illegally shipping
used electronics to countries
such as China, India, Nigeria
and Ghana where they are broken down in unsafe conditions
for their raw components, many
of them toxic. The process poses
a severe health and environmental risk.
"It's just terrible to even
imagine feeding that process
and putting that many people
in harm's way," Beaudrie
commented.
UBC has chosen to send all
of its unusable electronic waste,
which comprises 90 per cent of
its total e-waste output, to Encorp
Pacific for recycling, a program
manager for the ESABC.
Free Geek Vancouver will be
sent the remaining ten per cent
of UBC's e-waste; the reusable
electronics. Ifny Lachance, co-
founder of Free Geek Vancouver,
explained that they reuse e-waste
by allowing members ofthe community to get their hands on the
electronics by updating, taking
apart or fixing the waste.
Lachance is excited to be
working with UBC because of the
"educational affinity between the
two institutions."
Free Geek Vancouver estimates that Canada produces
140,000 tons of electronic
waste per year, the equivalent of 5.6 million computers.
Eighty per cent of this waste is
making it overseas, despite the
fact that Canada is a signatory
to a 1992 United Nations treaty
that deems it illegal to ship e-
waste abroad. *2I
Journalism school robberies cause concern
RCMP and Campus Security plan further collaboration for 2009
by Kerry Blackadar
News Writer
Two weeks after ten computers
were taken from UBC's School
ofjournalism building in early
November, a second heist at the
same location was thwarted by
the joint efforts of Campus Security and the RCMP.
Shortly after 2 am on November 22, 2008, thieves loaded
three Mac computer stations
into a vehicle. Alerted to the
break-in by the building's alarm,
Campus Security arrived just
as the thieves were fleeing the
scene.
The arrival of security is
believed to be the reason the
thieves drove with such haste
southbound on Northwest Marine Drive where they crashed
near the Nitobe Memorial Gardens, less than one kilometre
and about a minute's drive from
the School ofjournalism.
The RCMP arrived shortly
after the crash occurred, but by
this time the thieves had escaped
into the surrounding regions
on foot. A police helicopter and
search dogs aided the search,
but the culprits were not found.
Police may have some very
good evidence as to who was responsible. The thieves left their
blood on the School's property as
well as fingerprints on the vehicle, which was later impounded
by the police. Constable Meghan
Driscoll from Campus RCMP
said the length of the investigation will depend on the amount
of time it takes to get results back
from forensic analysis.
Being hit twice in two weeks
came as no surprise to Dr Mary
Lynn Young, the director of
UBC's journalism program and
a previous crime reporter in the
US and Canada. "We had an inkling that this was going to happen again. If you have valuable
equipment, you are going to be
targeted," she said.
When it comes to protecting
these items, she believes all you
can do is make it extremely difficult
for the thieves. After the school's
first break-in, changes were made
to the computers' cabling and the
building locking mechanisms in
order to improve security.
The associate director of
Campus Security, Greg Parsons,
says it was "these changes in
security [that] were responsible for catching the thieves red
handed." Another improvement
the second time around was that
"the police were responding at
the same time as Campus Security—which is unique," Parsons
said.
Typically, Campus Security
will only alert RCMP after they
have attended the scene and
confirmed that there is indeed
a problem. In the case of the
Sing Tao building, which by then
was considered 'high-risk,' prior
arrangements had been made
with the RCMP to notify them
immediately if another incident
occurred.
But Campus Security says
calling RCMP every time an
alarm on campus goes off would
be unnecessary and unwise.
"Two thousand alarms go off every year on UBC's campus, and
of these, the highest percentage
are false," says Parsons.
UBC's campus covers over
1000 acres, has 480 buildings,
and at any given time, has upwards of 60,000 people. Since
September, Campus RCMP have
recorded close to 40 break-ins.
This number, according to Constable Driscoll, is consistent with
the year before, and what Parsons calls "not alarmingly high."
High-profile robberies, like
the theft at the Museum of Anthropology last spring, where
over 15 pieces of artwork were
stolen, are rare. Parsons says
the incident "was an awakening
to concerns in general on campus" and suggests it has caused
criminals to pay a little more attention to the opportunities that
the UBC campus "offers."
Over the past year, the
university has increased staff
and  management  of  Campus
We had an inkling that this was going
to happen again. If you have Valuable
equipment, you are going to be targeted.
—Dr Mary Lynn Young,
director of UBC s journalism program
Security, but Parsons does not
attribute this expansion to the
Museum robbery alone. Instead,
"[the robbery] was an unfortunate occurrence during a total
revisit to the structure of campus security."
The Forest Sciences Centre,
the Michael Smith building,
and the offices in the History Department of Buchanan
Tower are other areas that have
caused Campus Security some
headaches recently. Parsons
cautions students that their priority should always be personal
security over property, and
asks them to report suspicious
behaviour to Campus Security
(604-822-2222).
In 2009, Campus Security
will be working with the RCMP
more closely. As was the case
in the robbery that took place at
the School ofjournalism, a combined effort seems to work best.
In the upcoming months, they
will be working on several joint
initiatives, including a bait program that will position GPS enabled bikes and laptops around
campus in hopes of reducing
theft and allowing students to
have a safe, and happy, new
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Demonstrators gathered at the Vancouver Art Gallery last Saturday to protest the conflict between Israel
and Hamas. Activists spoke out on a number of issues, ranging from conflict in the Middle East to land
claim issues in Vancouver. As protestors marched around the block, chants of "Palestine will be free,
from the river to the sea" echoed over the downtown area. Over 300 protestors showed up for the rally
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AMS executive salaries undergo examination
Remuneration Committee may consider wage adjustments
By Katarina Grgic
News Staff
AMS council has decided to reexamine the salaries of their
executive members.
At a council meeting in November, a motion was passed to
create a remuneration committee, which would take a closer
look at how much the executives
were paid in relation to the
hours they worked.
"We're just seeing if the
hours match up," said Rory
Green, Remuneration Committee chair and AMS Arts Council
rep. "We might increase the pay
we may lower it, we may leave it
exactly where it is. We are still
doing research and have not
yet determined what action is
necessary."
AMS executives earn a salary
of $20,931 plus an honorarium
of $1500 which leaves them
with ayearly income of $22,431.
Currently, executives are paid
for 3 5 hours of work each week
while many are reporting that
they work upwards of 40 hours
per week. "Who knows how
much of that time was spent on
Facebook—we're considering
getting timesheets," said Green.
In comparison to executives
from other student societies
across the country, the AMS
is relatively well-paid. AMS
executives are paid around
$13 per hour whereas University of Victoria Student Society
executives recieve $12.86. At
SFU, executives earn $14.58
per hour—given they work 120
hours a month; the less they
work, the less they are payed.
At the University of Alberta, Steven Dollansky, vice president
operations and finance, says
the executives earn a salary
of $24,000-but he  estimates
that they work 50 to 58 hours
a week. At Queens University,
student society executives make
$20,085 and are expected to
work 40 hours per week.
The committee aims for the
remuneration process to be
done as "openly and as trans-
lucently as possible. It needs to
make sure that our executives
are not paid too much," said
Green, as the AMS relies heavily on the work of volunteers,
and high remuneration can be
counter-productive in volunteer
settings. However, "we want to
make sure that our executives
are paid fairly. We want the best
and most competent people in
these positions."
Editors' note: There are two
member spots still open for the
Remuneration Committee. If you
would like to be a member of the
committee please email Rory Green
at roryg@interchange.ubc.ca. *2I Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
January 6,20091 Page S
Nintendo-rock concert ends in blood
Being kicked in the face is just part of the metal-geek experience
by Celestian Rince
Guitarist Herman Li with his axe, shredding faster than that wood chipper in Fargo, gerald deo photo/the ubyssey
Culture Staff
December 19 saw the final gig of
an international metal tour. Pow-
erglove, Turisas and headliners
DragonForce played in a sold-
out Croatian Cultural Centre on
a frosty Friday night. The show
started off on a sour note as the
doors opened a full 45 minutes
after the scheduled time. Con-
certgoers waiting outside in
subzero temperatures gave rumblings of discontent. I waited in
the nearby tavern where it was
nice and warm.
The doors did eventually
open, but it wasn't much better.
You could still see your breath inside. Slowly, the venue warmed.
DragonForce has been called
"Nintendo metal" by some, but
these people have obviously
never heard of Powerglove. They
were the first band up, playing
their signature remixed heavy
metal versions of video game
tunes. Their unfortunately-brief
30-minute performance got a
good reception, particularly their
last song: a rendition of the Power Rangers theme song. Hearing
the call and response of "Go, go,
Power Rangers" from hundreds
in the crowd is something I will
not soon forget.
Next up was Turisas. These
guys had apparently warmed
up by slaughtering people backstage, their faces a bright red.
Their performance was not particularly noteworthy, except that
their act features (and works well
with) an accordionist.
After Turisas, there was a
40-minute wait for DragonForce.
When the wait finally ended, they
did not disappoint. The energy
level was enough to elicit a fair
amount of moshing and bashing.
The audience had a communal and festive spirit. At one
point, a big guy saw me taking
pictures and boosted me up
on his shoulder so that I might
get better shots. A cute blonde
put me in a headlock and told
me to, "take a picture of us," (I
missed). And after I dropped my
cell phone while crowd surfing,
I returned to my spot and found
that it had been picked up by a
friendly girl.
My luck ran out near the end
of the night, as I was kicked in
the face by a crowd surfer. Wiping the back of my hand over my
cheek, I discovered I was bleeding significantly. DragonForce's
new album is entitled Ultra Beat-
down, and now I know why.
The ending of the concert
was a fairly epic performance of
"Through the Fire and Flames,"
one of their most popular songs.
All told, it was a decent but not
mind-blowing show. People
came to see DragonForce deliver
rapid riffs, long guitar solos, and
swift, pounding, absurdly fast
songs with over-the-top fantasy
lyrics—and that's what they got.
But next time, not in the face.
Please, tl
I was kicked in
the face by a crowd
surfer. Wiping the back
of my head, i discovered i was bleeding
significantly.
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ARE YOU WILLING TO BLEED
FOR CULTURE?
CULTURE@UBYSSEY.CA Editorial
If you'd like to submit a letter, please contact feedback@ubyssey.ca
January 6,2009 \ Page 6
Our view
Harper lacks parliamentary logic
The Ubyssey would like to take credit for everything that's happened
in Canadian politics over the last month. Since we stopped publishing in late November, Stephen Harper has run amok, no longer
fearing the wrath of our editorials. The Liberals gave him his opportunity when they took our advice and formed a coalition between
the centre-left parties.
This all ended in Harper's dismissing parliament to avoid losing the confidence of the house (losing a confidence vote, that is).
Throughout, he used two lines to attack the coalition. 1: That it would
give the "separatists" a veto over parliamentary proceedings, an argument that, if you follow it to its logical conclusion, should also
justify dismissing the Bloc from the House outright (how can we let
separatists vote on national issues?). And 2: That no one voted for
the coalition—they elected the Conservatives.
Argumentatively, his second point holds more water than the
first. As the opposition pointed out, it's perfectly constitutional to
form a coalition in a parliamentary democracy—we elect members
in a first-past-the-post system, but once they are elected, they're not
beholden to a winner-take-all situation. In spite of this, coalition governments are extremely rare in Canada, and no one voting could
reasonably expect that one would form.
Now that the maneuvering is over and it doesn't look like any
amount of arguing can revive December's coalition, we can award
partial points for that: we didn't vote for a coalition because no one
thought it was an option (not even when The Ubyssey recommended
it). It's an argument that only works once though—coalitions are on
the table. And we think it's a development for the best.
There's not much about our electoral system to brag about, but,
in a minority government, our system does force respectable compromises between a wide range of interests. It acts as a corrective
to another quirk in our system, which rewards parties with a geographically centred base (Quebec, or, say, Alberta). The break in that
system—the one Harper was trying to exploit in late November—is
that disagreements force elections, allowing a minority government
to form a false consensus based on the cost and unpopularity of frequent elections.
Coalitions will further force parties to work together, compromise and get things done. If a party refuses to work in the House as
it's been elected, they won't benefit. If a party is big enough or has
the constitutional power to block all progress in parliament, vote it
the hell out—it's not doing its job. *2I
The breakup letter (Dear Snow....)
Snow,
Could you sit down for a sec? I think we need to have a talk. Now,
don't cry, but...I think it's time I saw other weather systems.
Look, it's not you, honestly. You're amazing. I remember that
Saturday night last month when you showed up in my life. You were
beautiful. What we had was beautiful. You made my Christmas such
a memorable one. I'll remember it forever, babe.
I'm just not ready for this sort of long-term relationship. Don't
shout, please. I'm not implying that a one-night stand where you
melt away would have been better. It's just that when I'm with you,
there's no room for anything else. Buy new clothes, cancel plans with
friends, stay at home...you just want too much from me. I won't say
it's a hassle, but...it's a daily adventure. We can still be friends. I hope
we stay friends—heck, I generally like seeing you. Just a little less of
you.
Frankly, I didn't expect this would happen. If I wanted this type of
relationship, I would have gone to plenty of other universities. This
sort of thing is just more appealing as a mountain fantasy.
And Sunday night? That was the breaking point. You can't just
show up like that without warning. That crossed the line. It's getting
to the point of harassment and stalking. I had plans that night, buses
I needed to take, and then you show up and...forget it. There's no use
arguing.
Seriously, I'd prefer if you left, snow. We've tried this for a month
now. It was fun at first, but now, it's more hassle than it's worth. I
want to go back to the life I had before. Your icy, exotic personality
was wild for a bit, but now I realize you're just plain cold. I never
thought I'd say this, but I think I'll be happy to see rain. *2I
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Letters
KEEP IT IN LINE, UBYSSEY
Dear Ubyssey,
I begin with a small proclamation of my adoration for The
Ubyssey. Ever since I arrived on
campus for the first time, I loved
everything about it, from the
quirky headlines to the comedi-
cally practical advice you gave
me as a nervous first year. However, November 28's issue and
specifically Trevor Tapedeck's
Beer-ocaust article [RCMP have
"final solution" to the "fraternity
issue"] was a big joke that in my
opinion, crossed the line. As a
university with a substantial Jewish population I found the shoddy comparison to be amusing at
first, but downright disrespectful
by the last line of the article.
Equating the shutting down of
fraternity houses to the Holocaust is slightly laughable, but
the allusions to the tragic events
of Kristallnacht (and comparing
it with broken beer bottles?) and
Streeters
the constant capitalization of The
Final Solution in an institutionalized manner disgusted me. Your
newspaper succeeds in being co-
medic in "stick it to the man" articles and particularly in its criticisms of figures such as Stephen
Toope. Yet Trevor's article struck
me as being quite disrespectful
to the atrocities of the Holocaust
and frankly, centuries will have
to pass before such a tragic event
can be equated to the relatively
trivial matter of fraternity drinking regulations. Although intentions may have lied elsewhere,
it's still wrong and I personally
find it disgusting. Stay funny but
keep it within boundaries, for
fuck's sake.
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How has the snow in Vancouver affected you?
Katie Fedosenko
Arts 3
"I had to pay
$60 to take a
cab from BC
Ferries to UBC,
when normally
I can spend
that money on
food or tuition
or books or
whatever else...
but...I couldn't
take the bus, it
was too full."
Behzad Azampour
Engineering 2
"It's hard getting around, but
other than that
not much. Buses
are going fine
so I'm fine with
that. It's not like
SFU where they
have that hill so
it's been pretty
good."
Mike Silvui
Sociology 3
"Yesterday was
horrible....For
the people commuting, I feel
sorry for them.
You got to get
to school a little
earlier to account for it."
Ashkan Pishvaei
Arts 1
"It's been a
hazard for my
driving. I drive
to school...and I
can't go my normal routes and
the buses don't
go their normal
routes anymore.
It's dangerous."
-Coordinated by Dan Haves, with
Danna Satare
Arts 1
"It's really hard
walking in the
snow with all
the slush. At
first when they
didn't have the
roads cleared it
was really annoying, but now
it's okay. I'm
getting tired of
it, but what can
you do, right?"
photos by Oker Chen rsoectives
Editor: Joe Rayment | E-mail: features@ubyssey.ca
January 6,2009 \ Page 7
The predators* predators
Shark finning is threatening a species that's thrived for 400-million years
by Jay Quigley
Perspectives Writer
Shark finning is the barbaric
practice of removing the pectoral and dorsal fins of a shark.
Often still alive, the shark is then
thrown back into the water, causing the finless (and therefore
immobile) animal to either suffocate or, horrifically, be eaten
alive by other sea creatures.
None of the more than 400 shark
species in the world are immune
to harvest and some researchers believe that within a decade,
many species will be extinct as a
direct result of this practice.
To date, fewer than 20 countries have banned the practice
of shark finning—Canada is one
who has. Strangely, while shark
finning is illegal in Canadian
waters, it is not illegal to sell fins
obtained through the process for
consumption in Canada. Imagine
my surprise, then, when I discovered shark fin rolls at a UBC sushi
restaurant. As it turns out, it is
only a "shark fin substitute" made
from fish and gelatin. Shark fin
Why is it that when
a baby seal gets
clubbed to death
for its fur, the world
causes such a fuss
that the governments
begin to ban seal
products?
substitutes demonstrate the popularity of the dish because when
a product is rare or expensive,
substitutes emerge—which is the
same reason why cubic zirconia
and rhinestones were created: to
replace diamonds. The shark fin
substitute, however, does little to
help the animal—it merely reinforces the desire to try the real
thing; ask anyone who has ever
gotten a zircon when they wanted
a diamond.
Most commonly, shark fin is
consumed in a soup, the origin
of which can be traced back to
Ming Dynasty China. It was traditionally served at special occasions as a symbol of one's wealth
and prestige. In the last decade,
however, the demand for shark
fin soup in Asia has skyrocketed,
with Hong Kong, Singapore and
Taiwan being the major shark fin
trading centres. Shark fin itself,
ironically, has no taste—chicken
or fish stock need to be added to
a dish prepared with shark fin in
order to flavour the dish.
Though shark finning is
wasteful and torturous, it is also
highly profitable. A whale shark
fin, for example, can sell for
more than $10,000, making this
endangered species a prime target for shark fishermen. Off the
coast of countries such as Costa
Rica and Ecuador, sharks are
being harvested solely for their
$300 a pound fins. Their bodies are then discarded as waste
because their meat is not an
economically viable product, in
spite of the fact that shark meat
is a staple for the impoverished
people who inhabit these developing countries.
Fossil records indicate that
sharks have survived on our
planet since before the time ofthe
dinosaurs. This 400-million year
period of stability is now being
threatened by overharvesting of
sharks. Recent surveys along the
US and Canada's eastern coasts
have indicated that populations
of species such as scalloped hammerheads and tiger sharks have
declined 97 per cent since 1970.
Perhaps most alarmingly, bull
sharks, dusky sharks and smooth
hammerheads have all declined
by 99 per cent.
Why is it that if a dolphin gets
killed while harvesting tuna, the
world creates such an uproar as
to completely change the means
by which tuna are caught worldwide—ensuring a healthier future
for the dolphin? Why is it that
when a baby seal gets clubbed to
death for its fur, the world causes
such a fuss that the governments
begin to ban seal products? Why
is it that when wolves are hunted
to extinction in Yellowstone National Park, the world cries out
and successfully has them reintroduced into the Park?
Why is it that the world is
ignoring the plight of the shark?
As I mentioned before, finning
is extremely lucrative. Some
shark specialists estimate that as
many as 100 million sharks are
harvested each year for their fins,
making this a multi-billion dollar
industry. A lack of shark education is another reason why finning is an ongoing problem. Individuals such as Rob Stewart, a Canadian filmmaker who has made
it his mission to stop the practice
of shark finning, are working to
rectify the problem by producing films such as Sharkwater: the
Truth Will Surface. He is working
to bring people knowledge about,
and respect for, the shark as a
wondrous and necessary part
of the planet's ecosystem. He is
fighting to stop the illegal harvesting of shark fins and he is losing.
Now you know. So what will
you do? Instead of sitting by with
that strange  Canadian mixture
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of apathy and cynicism your
peers may exhibit, you can actually do something. You can help
people like Rob Stewart combat
the villains who are depleting
our oceans for profit. You can go
to sharkwater.com and pledge
your support (it doesn't have to
be monetary, though that's an
option). Write your MLA and demand that the international and
local sale of shark fin be halted. VJJ
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AllTatt'edupfor2010
Vancouver tattoo artist to offer free inking for any 2010 Olympic medalists
By Nikalas Kryzanowski
The Other Press (Douglas Co,
NEW WESTMINSTER (CUP)-
It's every Olympic hopeful's
dream to make their mark in
Vancouver 2010, but it's one
tattoo artist who hopes to make
his mark on them, literally.
Thomas Lockhart, of West
Coast Tattoo in Vancouver, has
designed over 200 Olympic designs for his shop and intends
to imprint a free inking to any
Olympic medalist.
He says that the gesture is
to provide Olympians with a
lasting memento of their experience at the games.
Lockhart says that he is not
concerned about any potential
copyright infringement disputes that might arise with the
Vancouver Olympic Committee
(VANOC).
"Patriotic, memorial, and
commemorative tattoos have
been around long before the
Tattoos by artist
Thomas Lockhart
Olympics were even dreamed
up. It's not like I'm using
them to sell pizzas on Denman
Street," said Lockhart in reference to the struggle between
the Olympia Restaurant and
VANOC  over  the  use  of the
Olympic rings on the restaurant's signage.
If VANOC does express concern, it would be because they
are legally obligated by the International Olympic Committee
to "protect the Olympic brand."
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VANOC's "Protecting the
Brand" guide states that it
and its government partners
recognize the importance of
ensuring that small businesses
connect with Olympic-related
business opportunities without
2010
resorting to "ambush marketing," which is described as
"allowing a marketer to benefit
from associating with the 2010
Olympic games without providing financial support for the
games or the athletes." *2I
York university student caught with fake degree
Law student one of hundreds in Canada with fraudulent post-secondary credentials
By Andrew Fletcher
Excalibur (York University)
TORONTO (CUP)-A student at
York University is under investigation for allegedly committing an act of degree-fraud.
Third-year student Quami
Frederick is under review for
academic dishonesty after she
submitted a degree she allegedly never earned for admission to Toronto's Osgoode Law
School.
The Toronto Star reported
on December 13 that Frederick
spent $1,109 on a St. George's
University BA in business administration from a US-based
diploma mill in 2004.
The diploma mill has since
been shut down.
While Frederick denies the
allegations, St. George's University, located in Grenada,
confirmed she did not attend
the school.
"I am not allowed to comment on any media that is related to students," said Alex Bilyk, director of media relations
at York University.   "When it
comes to academic dishonesty,
there are processes that are in
place in order to follow with
actions."
"According to Quami, she
has been summoned to a hearing by the associate dean of Osgoode and that they are intent
on expelling her," said Dale
Brazao, the Toronto Star reporter who broke the story about the
hundreds of Canadians touting
fake degrees.
York University encourages
employers to verify that a student's degree status is authentic
by contacting the registrar's office.
Yet, Frederick's degree was
able to slip through the cracks
and outsmart the system. This
is the second degree-scam to be
uncovered in the past week.
Former York graduate Peng
Sun has been selling degrees for
years. In 2007, York regional
police uncovered a counterfeit
ring that created phony degrees
and other documents.
One of the largest programs
put in place to aid in the discovery of bogus documents is the
Counterfeit Analysis  Program,
run by the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police.
"This program incorporates
documents that are believed to
be counterfeit and can be sent
to be analyzed where they do
comparison with authentic documents to prove whether they are
authentic or not," said Sgt. Marc
LaPorte, a spokesperson for the
Ontario division of the RCMP.
LaPorte says the program
will not be used in the case of
Frederick. The RCMP will only
step in if they are asked to by local authorities. *2I
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